This photograph of the “turkey tail” mushroom (Trametes Versicolor) was taken in the Nocatee Preserve on Christmas morning with Kemper as my photographer’s assistant. I gave him my old Nikon D40, which was the first DSLR that I ever had. It has seen Alaska and many other beautiful places, and it served me well until I upgraded to my current D7100. Kemper took to photography like a duckling to water. As I am drawn to paths and mushrooms and other natural wonders, he is drawn to sticks and mosses and the sky.
A number of his photographs turned out, though we need to work on focusing a bit more. His hands are a bit small yet for back-button focusing, and so I reset the camera to focus on depressing the shutter button by half. I think he gets so excited when he is ready to take a shot (as evidenced by The Pose).
I love taking photographs of mushroom, because they have some of the most beautiful variety of any natural phenomenon. Some are medicinal, while others are deathly poisonous. Some are edible, while some are deathly poisonous. Some are beautiful, and some are beautiful and deathly poisonous. The turkey tail has gorgeous growth rings that show up especially well in black and white. Like many woodear mushrooms, they are harbingers of doom for the tree that they grow on, but even as such, they are beautiful to look at and to photograph.
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