Monthly pic November 2012

Oudemansiella mucida. Canon 50D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, 1/30, f/4.5, iso 160, handheld.
Mushroom time! And no, it's not magic mushrooms I'm talking about, mind you...! Autumn is a great time of the year to spot the 'spore-bearing fruiting bodies of fungi'. Hey, biologist talking ;) Anyway, I recently revisited one of my favourite spots in the Netherlands. All that old wood around is the perfect place for mushrooms maintaining a fiber diet. This is Oudemansiella mucida (porseleinzwam in Dutch), which has a characteristic layer of slime on its hood. It's mainly growing on beech, as was the case here.

This photo also shows one of my favorite methods how to deal with light, namely... to photograph right against the sun. Every photo class and book advices against this "bla die bla die bla" but I love the effect this generates. Another example can be found here. I love seeing sunlight creating all kinds of patterns - whether it is a mild afternoon sun or one that is blazing the summer away - so why not capture it? So... before rain, snow and temperature below zero are upon us (draining your batteries like an alcoholic draining a beer after a dry spell), go out and stop photographing by the book, break those rules and create your own! ;)

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