Every autumn I'm searching for a nice group of Fly Agarics and almost every autumn I try to photograph them in the dark with passing vehicles.
This year I found a beautiful big group near a busy road in a village not far away; when I returned the same evening all of them were destroyed. I walked around and just at the moment I became desperate, I fortunately found some Fly Agarics near some traffic lights.
The advantage of an urban area is the presence of (orange) light which has the comfort to see what you are doing. The opposite happened when I was photographing a small group near a road in the middle of nowhere. I arrived at sunset and with a shuttertime of 30 seconds and live view I could'nt see anything. I used the level tool in my camera for the correct horizon and waited for some cars.....unfortunately it was not a busy road and I waited a long time.
To be out alone is not always funny as the second evening a car stopped on the wrong side of the road and inspected my car......I was 'hiding' in the dark and very curious I was waiting what would happen.....the car came back and after few hundred meter it stopped again and turned around.....that was the sign for me to run back to my car.
I arranged a personal bodyguard and returned to the same and some other place but although a new mushroom joined the group not much cars were passing that evenings. To get the best stripes three cars in both directions had to pass.
Like last year, we have summer temperatures (24 degrees C) in October. As most of the trees are coloured between yellow, orange and brown, I was out yesterday and today to chase these colours again. My big wish is to 'catch' a group of Fly Agarics together with the rising sun.
This morning started on the Strabrechtse Heide, a heath area near Eindhoven and I tried to catch the beautiful red sky but unfortunately I forgot the correct ND-grad filter and as I was very unsatisfied about the result, I decided to switch to macro again.
Between the brown heather I found in a kind of hole some remaining purple heather and the red oak in the background gave a special yellowish background.
I left the heather and started my mission 'Fly Agaric'. As they can be often found near birches I searched for them and within minutes I found the first red mushrooms. As I wanted a special background I was happy to find one near a red oak. The complete ground was coloured red/brown by fallen leaves. Although it was early in the morning, the sun was shining powerful and with my tripod and jacket I created shadow on the mushroom and two oak leaves.
Near the bridle-path I found some more beautiful Fly Agarics. Some later I returned to my car as too many horses, bikers and other people were passing by.
Wow.....time flies as my former blog is three weeks old. At the moment I'm very busy with my study and the rebuilt of an other website. I did not touch my camera for weeks now!
Meanwhile, outside has changed a lot and without beaufiful autumn colours and leafless trees it's a bit desolated.....so I'm already longing for the spring season!
To remember the scale of autumn colours: a little dragonfly is drying her wings on a fly agaric. This picture is taken some weeks ago at the Lüneburger Heide in Germany.
Suicidal mushrooms part II
As I’m triggered to capture the relation between nature & human influence I had a photo in mind with the group fly agarics and passing cars. Unfortunately the red in their caps vanished very quickly and every day the process of decay was more visible. One foggy morning I had some luck but the sun was rising too quick and the fog disappeared within a few minutes and, not unimportant, the colours of the cars were very dull. Why 90% has a black, dark blue, white or silver car? So here is my advice, buy a pink, yellow, orange, red or lime green car!! That’s very nice for photographers who like to photograph mushrooms near highways and roads!
Since weeks I was looking for them in forests, unfortunately without any success. A few days ago I was driving on a main road when I saw them….a group of fly agarics growing in the grass near the road. The next day I drove back to the place but unfortunately most of the mushrooms were already brown. I found a small group with red in their caps but photographing them was a risky matter and experience as the traffic was passing within one metre with at least 80 km/h. This is the result which I had in mind but with white, frozen, grass so I hope that frost will come again soon.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.