Zoom Shroom Starship From Outer Space by AuntDot

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS; 1/800s, f/4.0, ISO 100, focal length 4.5mm

This is dedicated to Manon Boily, queen of mushrooms! When she said in a reply to one of my comments earlier today “nature is amazing when we check carefully,” I remembered that there were mushrooms growing in the lawn on the side of the house since we’ve had so much rain lately. I got the camera out and was pleasantly surprised to find mushrooms with a star shape on top. This one sure looked like a starship from outer space to me after I added shadow to block out the grass and a slight zoominess. Manon, thanks for reminding me to check carefully!

FEATURED in Closeups In Nature, July 9, 2013
FEATURED in Fungilicious, July 7, 2013


mushroom, shroom, fungus, fungi, star shape, macro, nature, fun

Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 1 year ago

  • Vitta
    Vittaabout 1 year ago


  • Thanks so much, Vitta!

    – AuntDot

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 1 year ago

    love it xx

  • Thanks so much, Lynn. I always question whether what I’m posting is good enough, so I’m so glad to know you love it! :-))

    – AuntDot

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 1 year ago

    this is so very sweet! I am very surprised and honored by your lovely words. at least Inspired you that way. it is true, when we check carefully, another world open up, a world that rushy people will never notice.
    thank you so much AuntDot. big hug ;)

  • You’re welcome, Manon. I love your words “rushy people”…we should all take time to smell the roses (and look at the mushrooms!). :-))

    – AuntDot

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 1 year ago

    oh… this shroom is amazing by the star on it. a great find for sure. nice shot ;)

  • Thanks Manon. It looks like an outer “skin” that is being shed as the mushrooms grows bigger. Never saw that before!

    – AuntDot

    JUSTARTabout 1 year ago

    nice shot

  • Thanks so much, Sylvia!

    – AuntDot

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandabout 1 year ago

  • Thank you, DG.

    – AuntDot

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanabout 1 year ago

    Wow, what a neat find! Outstanding detail, Dot!

  • Thanks so much, Monnie.

    – AuntDot

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 1 year ago

    I’ve never seen a mushroom like this one. Beautiful find and capture, Dot!

  • Thanks so much, Marie!

    – AuntDot

  • John44
    John44about 1 year ago


  • Thank you kindly!

    – AuntDot

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