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NZ native puffball

NZ native puffball
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mushrooms, Puff-balls, New Zealand native fauna & flora [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-22 5:37
Viewed: 5687
Points: 6
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This is one of the first macros I took a few months ago when I got my camera. It was in quite dark forest and without flash.The focus could have been better.I don't know if the auto-focus was confused by the foreground log or what, but it looks a bit blurry in the center. I haven't learnt a lot about using my camera to it's fullest potential yet. I'm still only using the most basic automatic features,so I've got a long way to go,but I get a few good shots,nonetheless.
I haven't been able to find out much about this yet,but I think it's possibly a type of Lycoperdon,a native puffball. I'll add more information as I find out.
The best information I have to date is that this is Morganella compactum of the family Lycoperdaceae (puffballs),although it doesn't look quite like any of the specimens I've seen illustrated.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-22 14:08]

Steve, often the auto focus can get very confused in low light situations. However, as it low light and this was hand held the soft focus may be due to camera shake. Interesting puffball, should be called Leopard Puffball of Giraffe puffball. also try and get down to thelevel of your subject. Good work.

Hi steve looks like a sea urchin great to see fugus from another part of the world.
Some thing to try, find the metering mode and if possible select spot metering also try to work in aperture priority and set this and let the speed take care of it's self. I have found that most dig. cams software seems to help with any camera shake though tripods or surporting it on somthing helps too.

Nice and strange puffball, hope to see the birds nest soon!

Hi Steve,

I guess better late then never :) You have the correct name. Its a very young specimen still having a good covering of scales. Which soon washes of leaving white fruiting body with the darker reticulation line over it.

I would leave some sort of Critique but after 3 years its probably no ralavnt now.


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