Anchorage produced a lot of rain this summer. Russian Jack Springs Park usually has a large assortment of mushroom. It seems fungi would flourish in wet weather, but this summer mushrooms appear one day and a couple of days later they are gone. They shrink in size and waste away. A few mushrooms dissolved into a jelly kike substance. Park areas that usually have countless mushroom were barren this summer.
Macro subjects need to be sharp to be appealing to viewers. To prevent camera movement, I used a homemade ground tripod that is a heavy brass plate with leg spikes and small ballhead. A stable tripod and wireless remote allow me to used long exposures with large f/8 to F/11 apertures. All these macro images were taken with a Nikon 105mm F/4 micro lens.
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