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Coprinellus micaceus

Coprinellus micaceus
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-10
Categories: Fungi
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-15 12:04
Viewed: 1858
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coprinellus micaceus is a common species of fungus in the family Psathyrellaceae with a cosmopolitan distribution. The fruit bodies of the saprobe typically grow in clusters on or near rotting hardwood tree stumps or underground tree roots. Depending on their stage of development, the tawny-brown mushroom caps may range in shape from oval to bell-shaped to convex, and reach diameters up to 3 cm (1.2 in). The caps, marked with fine radial grooves that extend nearly to the center, rest atop whitish stems up to 10 cm (3.9 in) long. In young specimens, the entire cap surface is coated with a fine layer of reflective mica-like cells that provide the inspiration for both the mushroom's species name and the common names mica cap, shiny cap, and glistening inky cap. Although small and with thin flesh, the mushrooms are usually bountiful, as they typically grow in dense clusters. A few hours after collection, the gills will begin to slowly dissolve into a black, inky, spore-laden liquid—an enzymatic process called autodigestion or deliquescence. The fruit bodies are edible before the gills blacken and dissolve, and cooking will stop the autodigestion process.
The microscopic characteristics and cytogenetics of C. micaceus are well known, and it has been used frequently as a model organism to study cell division and meiosis in Basidiomycetes. Chemical analysis of the fruit bodies has revealed the presence of antibacterial and enzyme-inhibiting compounds. Formerly known as Coprinus micaceus, the species was transferred to Coprinellus in 2001 as phylogenetic analyses provided the impetus for a reorganization of the many species formerly grouped together in the genus Coprinus. Based on external appearance, C. micaceus is virtually indistinguishable from C. truncorum, and it has been suggested that many reported collections of the former may be of the latter.(Wikipedia)

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Good evening Siegfried
Very crisp capture my Friend.Wonderful soft colours and excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good week!
Best regards

Hello Siegfried,
Beautiful composition with great details and clarity,nice POV and well maintained depth.
TFS and my regards,_Joy

Ciao Siegfried. Very good details and sharp against the intrigant environment.


Hello Siegfried
beautiful composition, excellent sharpness and colors. Congratulations and thank you for sharing.
Hello Vanni

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-10-15 14:19]

Hi Siggi,really a magnificent capture,what a beautiful point of view and what a perfect exposure,magnificent details and colors too in this difficult light.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-10-15 19:01]

Hello Siggi,
This small group of mushrooms look so real I swear I could pluck them right out of my computer screen. Outstanding detail and wonderful exposure. Colors are true and natural and you obtained some great DOF. Super work!!

Czesc Siggi,
interesujace grzyby. Fajny punkt widzenia. Dobra ostrosc i kompozycja. Naturalne kolory.

Hello Siggi
Beautiful photo with good composition and wonderful lighting. The sharpness and the DOF are impressive.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-10-16 0:30]

A very nice and natural picture. We have this one in Spain. Good light and naturality. Congratulation. SAludos.

Hello Siggi,
Excellent compozition and interesting group fungi.Natural colors and perfect focus .

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-10-16 6:17]

Hello Siegfried
Beautiful closed up of fungi,excellent low pov with perfect lightning.Sharp image with great details.
TFS Michel

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-10-16 6:29]

Beautiful fungi image, well composed and exposed..the colors are very good. tfs.

hello Siegfried
super good sharpness and nice composition with great details
lovely naturel colours to
thanks greeting lou

Hello Siggi,
An excellent close-up with great colors, details & sharpness. Very nicely composed & presented. TFS & best wishes!


Hello Sigfried,

Excellent details in the fungus!
The subjects get very real, almost popping out of the frame...
Fine piece of macro work, well framed and fine natural colours!

Pablo -

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