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Old Jun 12, 2007, 7:26 PM   #1
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found this toadstool growing in the middle of my girlfriends parents front lawn, it was about 25cm high with a very thin stem and a extremely shiny hood so i couldn't resist getting the camera onto it.
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Old Jun 12, 2007, 7:27 PM   #2
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Sorry about the double post, browser locked up
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Old Jun 14, 2007, 7:26 AM   #3
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The toadstool looks sugar glazed. I've never had the luck to see one quite like that. Good catch.
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Old Oct 21, 2007, 11:06 PM   #4
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Did you notice any kind of smell coming from that fungi?

I've seen similar sticky coatings on toadstools in the rainforest here in Australia, and they often stink to high heaven, though some smell like fairy floss.

The trick is, insects are attracted to the smell, get stuck in the glaze, and fertilise the ground around the fungi, preparing the ground for the next time the fungi spores find conditions right for growing.

If you see one again, try scraping some of the glaze off for a sniff test.

I have some old 35mm slides from my macro fungus days, but my girlfriend thought the hobby was pretty damn weird. I'll have to get around to the slide conversion thing one day.

I used to love the macro work. Very satisfying.
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