This was not the first attempt at trying to capture these shapes and colors in the backyard garden. There was an attempt a couple of weeks ago during a lull in the rain storm, but the results were unsatisfactory due to my using the wrong lens – a long zoom lens. The result was out of focus as the distance between the lens and these colors was too close to focus even with the tripod at its maximum height.
I usually have a couple of ideas of objects to photograph in the house or the yard. These ideas I keep in my back pocket in case I only have a few minutes on hand for some photography. While the intent was to get home from work and take a short photo hike at my new favorite hill a few blocks away from the house, I decided to spend some time playing with my road trip doggie co-pilot who had spent the entire day waiting for me to get home. That left only a few minutes of daylight for photography.
Botanical Notes: The colorful shapes belong to a common fungus with the scientific name of Trametes versicolor, a Polyporales, or mutltispore wood decomposer. The common name is the turkey tail fungus as the banding pattern resembles the tail of a male (tom) turkey. The color banding is a result of various factors such as temperature, water, and growing conditions. This fungus assists in the decomposition of dead wood or in less preferable cases, cause rot in living, but weak trees. As can be seen in this photograph, this fungus is indeed growing from and decomposing the tree stump at the top left corner.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 55mm, f/8, 13 sec
Cameron Park (CA), Trametes versicolor, Tree Stump, Overhead. Cameron Park, CA. January 27, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.