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Tan fungus

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Within sight of the kidneywood that I photographed in my neighborhood on October 10 was this tan fungus growing on a broken-off piece of dead branch. I’d have thought that the patterned side of the fungus would be facing the branch, but that tells you how little I know about such things.

For those of you who are interested in photography as a craft, points 1, 2, 4, 8 and 19 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 23, 2012 at 6:18 AM

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  1. Beautiful structure. I wonder if those tiny black spots are related to the fungus, or are perhaps another kind of mold? Every time I see one of these photos I can’t help thinking about “the fungus among us”. I finally went searching for the origin of the phrase and of course everything seems to lead past Seinfeld, back into the mists of the 1970s. There was a 1996 book for young scientists written by Carol Benati that has the phrase as its title, but that’s all I know.

    Well, except that I really like the photo.


    October 23, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    • Yes, it was the structure that appealed to me, too. I also noticed the black spots, which I assume are a type of mold; perhaps someone can confirm that.

      As for your phrase, which I hadn’t thought about in a long time, I just did a search on books.google.com and turned up an example of “There’s a Fungus Among Us” from Potato Handbook, by The Potato Association of America, in 1956. It’s likely that a spoken version of that phrase would have been circulating, perhaps for years, before its first appearance in print.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 23, 2012 at 8:26 AM

  2. Always interesting, photos and comments alike!

    Bonnie Michelle

    October 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    • Taking the pictures is fun, and so is the interaction that results from posting them. There’s a lot to learn.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 23, 2012 at 10:39 AM

  3. There is beauty in just about all apects of nature and you certainly know how to to locate and photograph these little jewels. It provides your viewers/readers/ commenters entertainment with something new everyday. Thank you.


    October 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    • You’re quite welcome, Yvonne. I’m grateful for the opportunity to keep seeing new things and seeing familiar things in new ways.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

  4. In nature’s smallest places beauty hides. Great artistic photo against a dark background.

    mary mageau

    October 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM

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  7. I know nothing of this sort of thing. I learn much by what you photograph and share. I think you have given this fungus some sort of life, as well. Before I read, I asked myself what sort of creature it was! 🙂


    October 26, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    • Thanks for letting me know you felt I added vitality to this fungus. I confess I don’t know much about it, either, but I enjoy looking and recording what I see.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 26, 2012 at 3:21 PM

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