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Spring in the forest

Spring in the forest

Wednesday October 24, 2018

Spring has sprung! Some shots from a day tour to Mt Field and the Styx Valley earlier this week.

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Spring in the Styx Valley – tiny ferns unfurl under the giant trees canopy

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Spring in the Styx Valley

One of the major highlights of spring is searching for tiny little orchids which appear out of the forest floor. In the Styx there was a nice patch of bird orchids right below the big trees viewing area, and a few fully formed flowers were on display.

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Bird Orchid, Styx Valley

A somewhat less expected highlight in spring is the fungi – generally an autumn highlight, if you search around closely enough you can often find some even at this time of year.

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White fungi (Hygrocybe mavis I think) in the Styx Valley – in late October!

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A nice yellow fungi in the green moss, Styx Valley

And the moss itself is a magical subject, especially with a shallow depth of field, and composed alongside the filtered light in the background. It fast becoming my favourite “macro landscape”!

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Moss spores and boke (blurred) sunlight

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An army of moss spores against some dappled sunlight in the cool, dark Styx forest.

Most shots were captured at f2.8, although a couple (orchid and white fungi) involved stopping down a bit to get more detail on the subject.

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