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I have seen a lot of mushroom pictures pass by in this and many other groups. One more beautiful than the other. Though artistic photographs are of great aesthetic value, they are often not sufficient for identification. The same goes for the less aesthetic 'quick pics'. That is why I wrote some guidelines for anyone who would like to have a proper identification.

1) 1 species per post, it makes the ID's made in the comments more accessible

2) Take pictures of:
- top of the cap
- underside of the cap
- stipe (preferably the whole stipe with the base)
- if possible, a longitudinal section to see the context (flesh of the mushroom) and the attachement of the hymenium (gills, tubes, spines, etc) to the stipe'
- overview/side view
- as many different ages, from small buttons to worn out mushrooms
- spore print

3) Make sure that these pictures are:
- made preferably in situ (on location), but if that is not possible, then use a neutral background
- in the right white balance (colours of the picture should resemble the real colours in daylight)
- not too dark or over-exposed (preferably in daylight)
- sharp
- free of distracting elements like leafs, twigs, dirt etc. The specimen and characteristics have to be clearly visible

4) Always include the following in the description:

4a) if you already have an idea of what species it may be, add:
- the name (both scientific and common)
- a description of the characteristics you base your ID on
- the sources you used for identification (books/websites)
4b) If you don't know what it is:
- scent
- taste (it is not harmful to nibble a bit off of a mushroom and chew on it for 10 sec. BUT ALWAYS SPIT IT OUT! Even if it tastes nice! Amanita phalloides has quite a slight sweet flavour, but you don't want to swallow a piece of that...)
- the true colours (if the colours in the picture does not resemble the true
colours by daylight)
- possible discolouration of the cap/stipe/hymenium/context (this may take a while with some species)
- the substrate (mulch/wood/living tree/bare ground/dead animals etc)
- habitat (nearest tree species, woods, calcareous grassland, fen, dry/moist soil, high/low elevation etc)
- location (if in US: state/region; if abroad: country + region)

Here's some additional information with good ideas on photography and short descriptions:

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Starying Mishroom season in Serbia/ sout Europa..Hygrophorus marzuolus. Just controle habitat this protected species in " Red list "

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just sharing

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This one does not know the variety if someone knows!

Thanks for the add ✌🏼

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Chicken Lips Mushroom - Leotia Viscosa

...with maple sugaring season on hold because of the cold I had time to dig through some of last years pics for #shroomshotsaturday +ShroomshotSaturday curated by +Patti Colston +Sabeena LoBello and +Patricia Kristensen

#mushrooms #fungi

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Todays Mushroom shot, taken this morning int eh Australian Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan, today I found this one in the first place I looked so quick find today, just as well as I didn;t find any others, only a few Wallabies and a Red Bellied Black snake, but no more Shrooms today, But one is all it takes to get my shot for the week. So all good.
View large for all the detail and the processing detail. Have a fun weekend everyone.

#Mushroom #Mushrooms #Fungi

#shroomshotsaturday +ShroomshotSaturday curated by +Patti Colston +Sabeena LoBello and +Patricia Kristensen

#hqspmacro for +HQSP Macro

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