|So usually, I can't see the stems of these coral mushrooms. The heads are too wide, and the stems are generally short. But this little fella grew way down the side of the rock the parent was on, and so had no light, consequently it is stretching to get around the parent's shadow.|
And lo, there are some very interesting details in the stem. This type of mushroom gets most of its energy from light; there's a symbiotic layer on the surface of the mushroom that takes the light and in turn provides nutrients to the mushroom. But many corals also consume microcellular lifeforms, and so what we're seeing here could easily be a rudimentary digestive system.
Fascinating (to me, in any event.)
It's a little noisy in the darks, that's my Galaxy Note 3 at 800 ISO. If I had a decent way to stabilize it, I'd go lower. Have to admit the thing is handy for such shots. 😊
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