Tiny mushroom citizens congregated in the garden paths this morning. I didn’t want to crush them or knock them over because they are cute and because I wondered if kicking them over would spread the spores. I suppose that would be a good question for Doug Hall’s new Organic Solutions blog. I’m not sure how long they’ve been there. It’s been very hot and humid lately, and I’m guessing they showed up after Tuesday’s day of rain.
By the end of the photo shoot, I was thoroughly coated in mulch and mud, but happy. It’s weird to focus on a micro world, lost in shapes and thought, and then gradually come back into the real world. (It’s nice, too. The entire time I was shooting, I managed to drown out the cicada buzz/rattle. It’s been bugging me all week.)
Towering above, the mushrooms look like flowers.
I photographed the mushroom city with my digital slr and an f-stop of 2.8. You can fake depth of field with your point-and-shoot camera. Focus your camera at something in the foreground (by pushing the shutter halfway down so it focuses there). Without releasing the shutter, move the camera to compose your shot, then shoot.
So hot. As soon as I crushed mint into iced tea, lemon basil into lemonade and poured myself a tall drink of water, the sky opened up and quenched my thirst.