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Ghost Mushroom Paradise

Wowsers. What a sight. Ghosts – everywhere. Who you gonna call? Well to be honest, I called one of the fine folk in charge of the Tasmanian Fungi facebook group to find out where these beauties were and was rather surprised to be personally guided to the site! It was amazing. I packed a tent and spent the night in a pine plantation with nothing but these glowing ghosts for company. It was great 🙂

ghost mushrooms omphalotus nidiformis tasmania

One of many favourites from the evening. With a little sidelight on the scene.

 

ghost mushrooms omphalotus nidiformis tasmania

Another favourite – I shot this one twice, once in complete darkness and once with just a tiny bit of light (this one) which showed up some of the pine needles

If you are a regular visitor to my site you will have seen plenty of fungi posts around autumn over the years, and a couple of ghost stories recently, but this really was a whole new experience for me – a literal ghost mushroom paradise. There were dozens of them, and it was an utterly dark and moonless night.

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Left – the mushrooms as shot with no added artificial light. Right – the same shot with a few seconds of light flashed over the scene.

 

ghost mushrooms omphalotus nidiformis tasmania

This one would have to be a favourite from the night – a small stump covered in ghosts

I ended up shooting for hours (not as difficult as it sounds when each exposure was 3 minutes!) and did some experimenting with lighting up the scene, soon finding the camera really didn’t need much artificial light to overpower the glow of the ghosties.

ghost mushrooms omphalotus nidiformis tasmania

Another favourite – a stump covered in ghosties and a sliver of night sky above

 

ghost mushrooms omphalotus nidiformis tasmania

First shot of the evening – and one of my favourites – while there was still enough twilight light to show the location and not overpower the ghostly glow 🙂

 

ghost mushrooms omphalotus nidiformis tasmania

Another one with a bit of sky. Does it make the grade as one of my favourites – yeah it does 😉

 

ghost mushrooms omphalotus nidiformis tasmania

And one from the next morning – this is what the ghosts look like during daylight hours

The Tasmanian Fungi Facebook group is a brilliant place to learn about Tasmania’s unique fungi, make sure to join for lots of fungi info.

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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.