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Stump Puffball releasing spores
Comments(3) # Stump Puffball releasing spores london e17

You'll remember, I'm sure, when I showed you the Common Puffball that I explained that it, like all the stomach fungi, held its spores within its body and that these were released after the fruiting body had reached maturity and it cracked or was split open by a sharp knock. I also promised to show you the release of these spores if I could manage to get a decent shot. Well, this is my best effort so far. It's actually of a Stump Puffball rather than the Common we saw before but the principal is the same. Just before I took the photo I gave the 'shroom a light flick with my finger and as a result a yellow mist of thousands of spores have been released for next year's harvest. Canon EOS 5D
150 mm
100 ISO
1/80 sec
f 11
Flash: Fired