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Red and Black

Red and Black
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Copyright: philippe hornus (amanengone) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 188 W: 54 N: 412] (2113)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-01
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon PowerShot A95, Sandisk Ultra II 8GB
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Trip in Congo Democratic
Theme(s): African mushrooms [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-15 15:02
Viewed: 5342
Points: 9
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]

Again, a fungal saprophyte living on dead wood. This is probably a polyporus. Mushrooms that are said to be the cleaners of the nature. Indeed, without them, the woods and forests would be flooded by dead woods.

Here, we must admire the exceptional bright red color.

Thank's to Laszlo who has given us nice informations on this mushroom and make it possible the determinatin : it seems that it is Pycnoporus puniceus (Fr.) Ryvarden (growing in oil palm plantaétion context). Laszlo, thank you for the help.


The picture was made in the early morning, by a sunny weather. The camera mode is set to aperture priority, with sensitivity equivalent iso-200, a focal length of 16 mm.

The opening was set at f / 4, to avoid the background. With this opening, and other conditions, the speed was calculated at 1 / 400 th.

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Hi Philippe,
Impressive colors, with balanced saturation ans nice hues. I Think you've selected a correct POV and used the trunk for better contrast level, thanks to the crrectly crop. TFS. Jesús

hi Philippe,
this photo looks like a painting with its strong colors rather than a documentary one.In my view the image can have heavier impact without the green liefs on the bottom right corner.Good composition!
George Veltchev

This red mushrooms look very unusual and very interesting.
Nice capture.Congratulations.
Best regards.Alin.

bonjour Philippe
la couleur rouge des ces champignons est vraiment éclatantes,
l'image est dans l'ensemble superbement composée avec les couleurs vives, la grande netteté et la belle lumičre
contrairement ŕ george, j'aime bien de voir les feuilles dans l'angle droit,
Passe un bon WE

Bonjour Philippe,

Beautiful photo, the bright red color is simply amazing, and the camera settings were perfect. Except for a very little, almost unnoticable background noise a bombastic photo. Bravo.

ID specification: Your species belongs to Pycnoporus genus for sure. This is a small genera, with 5 species only (from which 4 have tropical / subtropical distribution area), and all have bright orange / red colors. According to the margined surface texture, You most probably photographed Pycnoporus sanguineus (L.) Murrill, which species is living almost on the whole Southern hemisphere, in the tropical zone, from South America to Australia. Another, closed comparison is Pycnoporus puniceus (Fr.) Ryvarden, which more often has non-margined surface and living in Africa + South-Eastern Asia on oil palms. Although I can't identify the specimens on Your pic 100%, I hope these infos are helpful.

Friendly regards, László

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