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How a Fun Guy Goes to the Woods and Photographs Glowing Mushrooms

Posted On: Oct 10, 2018   |   Posted By: Peta Pixel

How a Fun Guy Goes to the Woods and Photographs Glowing Mushrooms

I often hear my students lament about how if only they could travel to the rainforest they would find something really interesting to photograph. I tell students “look around where you live - there are wonderful things to photograph everywhere”. The photographers that work with local species often obtain shots that are unobtainable from casual travels.
One such example of a unique species that is native to New England is the bioluminescent mushroom. The mushroom grows from fungus and all stages of this mushroom give off light. When the fungus is found growing on logs in the summer, is often called foxfire. Foxfire is a phenomenon well documented in New England, although since most people do not go for walks in the woods in the dark, it is not talked about much these days.
The best samples of P. stipticus are found on fallen oak trees that have been rotting on the ground a few years. It is relatively easy to identify once you know what to look for. (This is the only mushroom species I can...

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