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Into The Local Myco-History (pt. I.)

Into The Local Myco-History (pt. I.)
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Copyright: Laszlo Kaposvari (Hormon_Manyer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1472 W: 308 N: 2610] (10251)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-21
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/25 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Fungi of Hungary [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-31 5:45
Viewed: 3945
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

A simple, but unique image to close the year with. Seeing from the mycological point of view one of my most important photos ever done.

There are more than 3000 macroscopical fungi species (+ thousands more microscopical) living in Hungary, I mean was detected at least once. But, as I was informed by the official Hungarian Mycological Association, mine was the first detection of this specie, Fomitopsis rosea, within the borders of Hungary. So, it's a new specie in the Hungarian mycobyota.

Fomitopsis rosea is common in Northern Europe, in countries like Sweden, Finland and Russia. Was also detected a couple of times in Great Britain, Ukraine, countries of Alpine-Carpathian region and the United States. Perennial, dangerous plant pathogen, causes brown caries. In most of the cases it grows on pines (mainly on Picea sp. and Abies sp.), rarely on hardwoods (although on my photo You can see it on dead beech - Fagus silvatica).

Thousand thanx to Marco Della Maggiora for ID specification and to a local mycologist, Bálint Dima for macroscopic control.

PP: sharpening the fungus, gaussian blur on the background, little color correction, framing, signing, re-sizing. You can see a (non-postprocessed) close-up as workshop.

Note update, later: just received an e-mail from the Hungarian Mycological Association again, and now they informed me mine wasn't the 1st, but the 3rd detection of Fomitopsis rosea in Hungary, because it was already found twice, in 1958 and 1968.

trekks, mariki, red45, siggi, boreocypriensis, Maite, Dis. Ac., jusninasirun, ocskaymarci, marhowie has marked this note useful
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To ingridshaul: FirstHormon_Manyer 2 07-04 23:01
a First in the Fungus Kingdomingridshaul 1 07-02 07:32
To Maite: I don't care about the point systemHormon_Manyer 1 01-01 22:37
To trekks: Not so small when olderHormon_Manyer 1 12-31 07:46
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hello Laszlo

Nice capture of the small fungus siding the dead trunk. The small size of the fungus compared to the trunk is enhanced further by your placement of its position. Good color contrast of the fungus to the trunk as well.

tfs, bill

Hello Laszlo,

Very interesting picture of this fungus. Very good sharpness. Excellent prestentation. Good natural colours.
Congratulations for the finding.
Wish you all the best for this New Year.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-12-31 9:23]

Hello Laszlo!

Big congratulations to you! I know what you feel! This is one of this posts which I like most. Not very showy, but VERY important and full of TN's spirit. By the way - this fungus looks like kind of organism from coral reef. Great composition also.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-31 10:11]

Hello Laszlo,
Very nice capture. Excellent focus and detail.
Beautiful colours and definition. Light and composition are good.
Have a great New Year 2009.Regards Siggi

Hi Laszlo,
Not an exciting shot visually, but very interesting from a mycologists point of view.
Its always exciting to be the first to photograph a species.
Congrats on finding this one.
I hope you have a good year ahead.

Hi Baratom Laszlo, another beautiful capture of a pretty fungi on a trunk with nice composition.
i wish you and your family a very healthy and happy New Year!


  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-01-01 9:14]
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WOW!! That's really something to be thrilled and proud of!! And it is a very curious and beautiful specimen as well!
Congratulations my dear friend.

(Ops! I spent all my points but I'll be back, the occasion deserves it)

  • Dis. Ac. Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 5 N: 7663] (24509)
  • [2009-01-01 23:37]

Hello Laszlo,

Interesting fungi that I don't know.
Not a good close up but in his natural habitat.
Colours are natural and beautiful.
Personally I had the fungi what greater (macro) photographed.
Maybe you have this also done!Happy and healthy new year.


Hi László.

Congratulations for being the first to have this species registered in image and I'm sure the first in TN as well. The image is well placed in the frame and the sharpness and clarity are credible. Useful notes and I'm sure your hard work is paying off just by looking at this unique species. Well done and TFS. Warmest regards for 2009. Jusni

Gratulálok a nagy felfedezéshez!! Hiába, aki keres, az talál! ((:
Szép, kiegyenlített fotó!

Hi Laszlo,
A well managed exposure with good details/colors.
Simple but effective composition, congratulations on this first detection of Fomitopsis rosea for Hungary!

Una fotografía maravillosa y de gran delicadeza por muchos aspectos.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-20 4:49]

Hi Laszlo,
congratulations for the discovery. Indeed it is such a beautiful and unique specie.
Living in siolation and look like a cockle shell from this side. How lovely to discover and what a feeling too.
Nicely taken with good lighting.


NB: Thanks for your information on the previous fungus shot i sent. Im totally lost in the world of fungi world, especially the name. im trying to look for Malaysia sources to learn more. What an exciting world we have.

Dear Friend,
My sincere congratulation on your discovery! It must be a warm feeling to be the first at ANYTHING!!

Now I have continued reading your notes, what a disappointment to learn about the error in the statistics and correction to third!

Never mind, you can be proud about your achievement anyway. How big/small is this discovery?

Did you receive any more info/news in the 1 1/2 years since you took the photo?

I wish you a nice week-end
Warm Greetings

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