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Dersingham Bog Fungi

Dersingham bog, for me is one of the best places in Norfolk to visit. There is a vantage point that overlooks the nature reserve that is stunning, I took a sunrise a couple of months ago. The only downside is the lack of parking. I bumped into another local camera club on a workshop, with the amount of cars I had to park on the verge. 

Just before the sunrises from behind the hill, Using HDR to achieve a good exposure.

Fungi is still very much in mind with it still being autumn. When I first visited Dersingham Bog last year with the camera club there was a wide variety of fungi fruiting. This time I was unable to find as many specimens, can only presume that there has been less rain so far making the environment damp enough. 

Over the last few fungi forays I have been using focus stacking technique to get the fungi and foreground in focus which is impossible to achieve with a single image. Although this method requires heavily editing to fix the defects caused by the focus stacking, the results I have been achieving easily justifies the time and effort. A single image can take 30 minutes to find, prepare and photograph the "stack" and then up to a further two hours in post production. 

I shall return to Dersingham Bog before the autumn finishes to find more fungi to photograph. One image that I have in my head is a puffball fungi releasing its spores, black and white. I need to figure out how to release the spores and then photograph without getting a stick in the shot, a flash would most likely be required. 

Smelly Fungi at Hoe Rough

This last Sunday I managed to visit Hoe Rough, a nature reserve owned and managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. If only for a few hours. Hoe Rough is located outside of Dereham. I discovered this location only a few months ago when looking for places to find Butterflies.  

Hoe Roughin summer, open heath, small band of woodland around the edge

Being the start of October I was under the assumption there would be more varieties abundance of fungi, that didn't appear to be the case here.  That said I found a couple that were worth photographing, A Stinkhorn, as the name suggests there is an odd smell when you get close to them, unlike anything I have seen before which reminds me how interesting fungi can be and why I enjoy photographing them. 

Another is what I think is a Orange Grisette, I took one of these a few weeks ago that was younger, this time the top was covered in the small leaves that added texture. 

I hope to see many more fungi over the next few weeks as the autumn progresses.