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Lycoperdon perlatum - Edible

Lycoperdon perlatum - Edible
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-18
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon IXUS 400, Canon 36-108mm équiv
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/15 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-11-04 13:05
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
English name : Puffball - Scientific name : Lycoperdon perlatum - Edible young.
Description : alone, scattered, gregariously or in clusters ; in woods under hardwoods or conifers but also common along roadsides and in urban settings ; rarely on very decayed wood. Summer and fall in temperate regions, very widely distributed and common.
Fruiting body : Shaped like an inverted pear, with a fairly prominent stem and a roundish to flattened top, 2.5-7 cm wide, 3-7.5 cm high, dry, covered with white spines when young and fresh. The spines often falling away by maturity and leaving scars on the surface, by maturity developing a central rupture through which spores are liberated by rain drops and wind currents, white, becoming discolored and eventually sometimes brownish ; with a white, fleshy interior at first, later with yellowish to olive granular flesh and eventually filled with brownish spore dust.
Like many other puffballs, Lycoperdon perlatum is edible when young and fresh. The flesh of young specimens is white and fairly firm. Don't eat any specimens in which the flesh has begun to turn yellow or brownish.
Photo : Resized and framed in 800x600 for TN. Canon IXUS400 in mode macro. Focal lens 36mm. Exposure f2.8. Speed 1/15s. No flash. Handheld.

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Nice shot of these cool looking mushrooms, also excellent DOF. Paul :)

Hi Christian, very good detail and DoF on these fine specimens, well taken and TFS.


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-11-04 14:26]

E X C E L L E N T E _ M A C R O !

Très belle image Christian, focus et exposition sont TOP qualité. Tant qu'à la composition, sublime. Deux champigons déplacés et placés en diagonale sur un flou velouté. Comme je peux voir, les travaux ne coupent pas ton inspiration ;o)

Beau travail et merce pour cette belle image.

Hello Christian, brilliant macro. Sharpness and colours/lighting are excellent. Excellent POV and very good details. Thanks for posting. Have a great weekend.

Hi, Christian. I have been in your web site, having a look at the wonderful place you live in, and now I want to go there next autumn. What lovely postcards!!!, just like this one. Thanks, I am also short of time. Regards, Felipe.

Excellent DOF, light, detail & color Christian. I like the way the OOF BG spits the frame diagonally, making it a great composition. Very good work. Well done & Thank You. Have a Great Weekend my friend.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-11-05 3:03]

Excellent photo of Lycoperdon Christian. Very nice composition, perfect sharpness and colors. I like it very much. TFS

Hi Christian,
WOW! A great macro shot. The colors and textures in this shot are superb. This one rocks!

Excellent!!!I have never seen this type of mushrooms before...
Great shot...

Hi Taz
This is a great picture with excellent POV, DOF and color balance. You must be living in a photographer's haven:) How do you know so much about these fungi?

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-07 6:47]

Hello Christian!
Wonderful close up.Details on white,BG,colors,contrast,sharpness,clear details,framing and composition are excellent.TFS..:-)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-07 7:11]

Christian, this is very beautiful.

Excellent sharpness, pov and composition. Lovely colors too.

The bg is a very nice contrast.


Crisp and full of detail, well presented.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-08 4:49]

Nice shot Taz, the Puffballs look so good - nice and sharp and very unusual and prickly. Excellent capture, TYFS.

Excellent composition, POV, DOF and exposure. I know how hard it is to get these white ones exposed correctly and I think you done a super job. TFS. Love the mossy environment.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-08 22:51]

Appréciation personnelle pour la photo: excellente.
Pouvoir d'évocation en moi: grand.
Très bon impact visuel.
Pertinence de la photo pour le site: excellente.
Appréciation personnelle pour la note: complète.
Merci beaucoup Christian.

Bonjour Christian.
Une PDF bien maitrisé ici avec de tres jolis détails et un contraste saisissant.
La note et bien détaillé et accompagne bien la photo.
Du bon travail a mes yeux

Superb shot!
This spiky fungi looks great. Perfect exposure and POV, great details and colours.
I like it very much.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-11-09 15:26]

Hi Christian. fantastyczne zdjêcie, super jako¶æ i kompozycja, a kolory powalaja.
Dobrze zrobione.

what attracts me is the white color & excellent lighting of the subject. focus is very clear. nice compo & dof.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-11-11 21:14]

Wow, perfect picture, Christian!!! I liek very much how you handled the exposure and DOF. Fantastic texture as well. TFS!!!! Greetings from Poland. Michal

amazing detail!


Hello Christian,
It is one of my favourite mushrooms, not for its taste but its beautiful appearance and this one you took maybe the best one I've ever seen. Perfect! Thank you.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-05-29 7:09]

Hi Christian.
" WHITE TWINS "....Wonderful capture, beautiful colors details and composition, excellent light and contrast, the specimen is fantastic,is a great photo,excellent note.
Thanks and I wait more photos , comments , tips and critiques.


Magnífico, excelente luz y gran definición de estos "pet de llop" ( así se le llama en Català ) que aún en ese estado es comestible.

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