Those old enough may remember that Instant Sludge was one of the cartoon stories in Flook by Trog, but autumn brings its own Instant Sludge in the way of wet, wet rain and mud. The weather is perfect for mushroom hunting! Fungi in general, that is.
I'm not quite sure what it is about fungi, but they are fascinating and I think it's time to more seriously start collecting images. A new subject to pursue! There are plenty of small identification guides, but it is put in perspective when we find out there's a Collins Guide with 2,400 types detailed. I may be at this some time.
Any close up equipment will suffice and at the moment I'm either using the Pentax K-5 with SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm WR lens, or the Pentax MX-1 compact. The former can quite happily be used in the rain, the latter is useful for ground level shots with its articulated screen. I have to admit I did not really want the articulated screen, preferring a thinner camera profile, but it turns out that it can save a lot of crawling about in the mud. Always a good thing.
Sometimes the SMC Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens can also be useful, but not as often as I anticipated. The zoom has the versatility to get the shot where access is difficult.
Here's a selection of images, hopefully showing why this is starting to be a fascinating new subject for me.
Tawny Grisette (MX-1)
Unknown, with K-5 and 18-135mm in the rain
Blackish Purple Russula