MYXOMYCETES 27 - Spore Release

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Walter Piorkowski
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MYXOMYCETES 27 - Spore Release

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Top image:
Horizontal FOV 2.5mm
Canon 10D
Canon 20mm macro @ f/5.6 on extension tubes
Series of 30 images @ .001 inch increments
Diffused dual fiber optic illumination
Combine ZM, Photoshop

Middle image:
Horizontal FOV 1mm
Canon 10D
Canon 20mm macro @ f/3.5 on extension tubes
Series of 66 images @ .0005 inch increments
Diffused dual fiber optic illumination
Combine ZM, Photoshop


Bottom Image:
Horizontal FOV 5.0mm
Canon 10D
Canon 35mm macro @ f/4 on extension tubes
Series of 42 images @ .002 inch increments
Diffused dual fiber optic illumination
Combine ZM, Photoshop



Continuing with some educational type images, I pick up here were I left off on MYXOMYCETES XIII - Emergence to Spore Release and complete that series. These subjects are the same species and show a continuation of the spore release process. The top image shows the progression of dehiscence, the term applied to the splitting of the peridium of a mature fruiting body. All of the peridium is now gone but the capillitium remains tightly woven holding some of its shape.

As can be seen in the middle frame close-up, spores still remain attached in the entangling mass if the capillitium (seen as black in this image). The image stacking software does a pretty nice job of showing these extremely fine details. This is the most highly magnified macro image that I have ever taken. For an even more magnified view of a similar type of capillitium please see my earlier post on the microscopy web site back in January 8th of this year – Capillitium and spores of Trichia faviginea.

The lower image shows two other subjects of the same species in my lab. The final release of the spores can take place without wind or water as the spores will fall out, in mass, on their own. The yellow material at the base of the two fully dehisced fruiting bodies are the piles of spores released in the process of the myxomycete life cycle. No air movement was provided.

This series, to the best of my research capabilities, has been on the myxo Hemitrichia calyculata.

Walt
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very cool.

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Getting in pretty close with those extention tubes, eh Walt? Great shots, I need to try out my 25mm tube one of these days. :D

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You produce some amazing work Walt - more than worthy of publication IMO.

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Great pictures, and really appreciate the explanations, allways good to learn something interesting with the pictures.

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Post by Walter Piorkowski »

Thank you all for your kind words and comments. They are much appreciated. Myxo season is winding down here for my part of the continent. I hope over the winter months to do some photomicroscopy on these subjects.
Walt

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I always save your posts for last Walter, so I can just stare at the fine detail and try and think of something to say about them that I have not said already in all your other jaw dropping posts. Nature at the extremes.
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