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Mushroom for László

Mushroom for László
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Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 1 N: 636] (3124)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-12
Categories: Fungi
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dedications to Hormon [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-15 12:36
Viewed: 2844
Points: 6
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We had some rain last week and all over the garden mushrooms were popping up. This one I found on an old tree that was cut down last year. It’s just as you said László my friend there are actually many different ones on the log. This one was very beautiful but I don’t know the name. I loved the pinkish color and this is the best shot I got. I’m not so good at free standing photography I need to use the tripod but it was late afternoon and I was in a hurry. I found these interesting notes on the net.
Enjoy and comments are welcome.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A mushroom is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source. The standard for the name "mushroom" is the cultivated white button mushroom, Agaricus bisporus, hence the word mushroom is most often applied to those fungi (Basidiomycota, Agaricomycetes) that have a stem (stipe), a cap (pileus), and gills (lamellae, sing. lamella) on the underside of the cap, just as do store-bought white mushrooms.
The word "mushroom" can also be used for a wide variety of gilled fungi, with or without stems, and the term is used even more generally, to describe both the fleshy fruiting bodies of some Ascomycota and the woody or leathery fruiting bodies of some Basidiomycota, depending upon the context of the word.
Forms deviating from the standard morphology usually have more specific names, such as "puffball", "stinkhorn", and "morel", and gilled mushrooms themselves are often called "agarics" in reference to their similarity to Agaricus or their place Agaricales. By extension, the term "mushroom" can also designate the entire fungus when in culture or the thallus (called a mycelium) of species forming the fruiting bodies called mushrooms, or the species itself.
Identifying mushrooms requires a basic understanding of their macroscopic structure. Most are Basidiomycetes and gilled. Their spores, calledbasidiospores, are produced on the gills and fall in a fine rain of powder from under the caps as a result. At the microscopic level the basidiospores are shot off basidia and then fall between the gills in the dead air space. As a result, for most mushrooms, if the cap is cut off and placed gill-side-down overnight, a powdery impression reflecting the shape of the gills (or pores, or spines, etc.) is formed (when the fruit body is sporulating). The color of the powdery print, called a spore print, is used to help classify mushrooms and can help to identify them. Spore print colors include white (most common), brown, black, purple-brown, pink, yellow, and cream, but almost never blue, green, or red.
While modern identification of mushrooms is quickly becoming molecular, the standard methods for identification are still used by most and have developed into a fine art harking back to medieval times and the Victorian era, combined with microscopic examination. The presence of juices upon breaking, bruising reactions, odors, tastes, shades of color, habitat, habit, and season are all considered by both amateur and professional mycologists. Tasting and smelling mushrooms carries its own hazards because of poisons and allergens. Chemical tests are also used for some genera.
In general, identification to genus can often be accomplished in the field using a local mushroom guide. Identification to species, however, requires more effort; one must remember that a mushroom develops from a button stage into a mature structure, and only the latter can provide certain characteristics needed for the identification of the species. However, over-mature specimens lose features and cease producing spores. Many novices have mistaken humid water marks on paper for white spore prints, or discolored paper from oozing liquids on lamella edges for colored spored prints.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-04-15 15:09]

Hola Natley.
Lovely photo of this Mushroom. You see we dont have them here in the semidesert regions, so each time I see one of them are new for me.
Perfect settings on Your camera to have a great photo.

Hi Natley
Wonderful gift our friend Laszlo, a great mushrooms specialist!
Congratulation for this sharp capture!

Hi Natley,

Thank You very much for the dedication and for Your e-mail. Unfortunately, this time I don't have a clue at all which species this could be, probably something from Physalacriaceae family, but without seeing the gills and knowing some other important macroscopic features (smell for example) I can't say anything noteworthy.

As a photo it's OK. I should have cropped a little different way (please check out my WS - although I didn't re-resize the already resized pic in order not to loose quality), but sharpness and colors are good, and the POV's even exceptional.

Thanx again for Your kindness and dedication, and I'm very glad that, as You said, You began interested in fungi due to my activity here on TN. I wish You good luck for finding and photographing fungi (and everything else, of course).

Friendly regards, László

Natley you couldn't made a mushroom look any better. Well done. Your DOF is perfect making the backround fade out at just the right time. A beautiful shot. TFS Trevor

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