Monday, April 6, 2015

Macros and Turkey Tails

Turkey Tail or Trametes versicolor, a polypore fungus and one which I currently have a personal interest in, is in the news. 

This is a macro of a very young mushroom. Actually there are two. Both look similar on the top, but very different underneath. The turkey tail is the left in the first photo and on the right in the second. The other polypore has false gills or folds.
Please click on & enlarge

Turkey tail pores. Looks like a coral reef.

Enlarged, it's quite hairy.

Because of the shallow depth of field at this magnification, twelve frames were shot at different focus points and then stacked, or merged together so that the entire subject is in focus.

This is photo #1 with only the foreground in focus

And the last photo with the farthest portion in focus. I'll spare you the ten in between.
The difference is easier to see when you enlarge them.


  1. Neat. But will the medicinal Pot lobby be pleased?

    1. Apples and oranges as they say.
      It should make no difference to them.
      To the best of my knowledge, pot doesn't assist in curing cancer, but it helps some people with the adverse effects of treatment.

  2. Looks almost edible but of course I am always a little skeptical about trying any of them. Watched too many movies about poison mushrooms when I was a kid I guess.