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I'm tired of showing my teeth, I'm gonna split

A mushroom I found in the grass on a track while on one of my bushwalks.

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Shaggy hairdo

Found this Bolletelus emodensis where it is always found - growing directly out of the base of a tree.

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We serve at your feet

At the base of a mighty old tree, some Fairy Bonnets (Coprinellus disseminatus) nestle at the feet of what I think are a few mature Milky Cone Caps (conocybe apala).

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Hellooo! Mind if we drop in?

A collection of tiny Red Bonnet mushrooms (Mycena viscidocruenta) were hiding in grass next to a wooden garden bench. It was raining quite a bit at this time and you may see the signs of a couple of splashes on the lens.

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OK, lean into it...

This family portrait has all three members leaning to the right, like the whole family emulating the Leaning Tower of Pisa. No, the photograph is not crooked, they were actually leaning!

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Hey! Could someone turn gravity the right way around? (2)

A view of the Boletes fungus (see earlier post) growing sideways, as viewed from the cap end.

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Hey! Could someone turn gravity the right way around?

Found this little fungus (you can judge the size from the blades of grass next to it) that appeared to be growing sideways and the cap has developed very off-centre because the stipe is along the ground. From the pores visible under the cap, this appears to be from Boletes but don't know ID.

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Born from a star

I was quite pleased to find this pair of fungi in the bush on a very wet day because I've not come across them before. These are two specimens of Collared Earth Star (Geastrum triplex), which is a form of puffball. It has two layers, the outer, thick exoperidium, and the inner "egg" (endoperidium) which carries the spores. The latter are released from a raised pore called the ostiole. The exoperidium opens up and splits into about 8 'rays' and when the fungus is mature, forms a saucer shape, as you can see here. In these two, the ostiole is open and the spores have already been released. 

This high ISO shot was taken in a hurry as it was really pouring and I coudn't pull out the flash and take a detailed tripod mounted shot.

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