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Leotia lubrica

Leotia lubrica
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-09
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/11, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia II, Ascomycetes 2. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-07 15:32
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Points: 39
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Leotia lubrica (Thanks Clive [fungiman] for the ident.)

Common Name: Jelly Bellies

Cap 1-2.5 cm broad, convex to hemispheric, occasionally lobed, or convoluted; margin inrolled, often wavy; surface more or less smooth, viscid when moist; color: buff, yellowish, to ochraceous, sometimes tinged greenish; flesh thin, gelatinous.

Stipe 2.5-5.0 cm long, 0.5-1.0 cm thick, hollow or with a gelatinous center, tapering upward to a slightly narrowed apex; surface sparsely covered with fine scales, colored like the cap or brighter.

Spores 16-26 x 4.5-6 µm, subfusiform, the ends rounded, slightly curved in profile, 5-8 septate, hyaline, white in deposit.

Solitary, scattered, to clustered in bare soil or humus in mixed hardwood/conifer woods; fruiting from late winter to spring.

Unsubstantial, gelatinous; not worth trying.

I found this one in the forest last december.

I liked it very much, added a nice colour to the sad winter tones.
When I found it at first, it was very quite dry and tightly closed, so I returned or 3 days later.
Although it was a rainy day, I wondered if I would find it after 2 very dry suny days.
Yes, it was there, the hygroporous skin worked, but I am afraid too late, as it looks quite underdeveloped and strange shaped. Nevertheless I took some shots for my fungi gallery.

There is some nice info and phots about this ones in the [WEB PAGE] of our friend Clive - [FUNGIMAN]

Hope you like!

F:11 - 1/2.5 - Manual exposure - Minitripod

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To fungiman: Thanks very much.extramundi 1 09-03 03:38
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-07 15:37]

Hello Felipe,
Very nice capture.Clear details,sharpness,POV,framing and composition are wonderful.

Hahaha, the headline is perfect for this funghi. What a nice one, realy like a candy.
I never saw such a one before, thanks for sharing
Sabine -wishnugaruda

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-07-07 17:02]

Hello Felipe,

What a strange fungi! Did it glow in the night ;-) I like very much the form of it! It looks like it is gelatinous! Great pov and composition and the light is very natural! Sharp image too! Great job and TFS,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-07 17:11]

Hola Felipe,
Esta seta tiene un aspecto magnífico: se puede ver el cielo de lo bien que refleja la luz. La luz parece que pasa por el sobrero e ilumina el pie por arriba. Máximo detalle y bonito contraste de color con el suelo.
Un saludo,

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-07-07 18:32]

Bello il Chupa Chupa..... vien voglia di mangiarlo!

Ciao Felipe e Cristina.


Hi Felipe,
Great capture. I like that shiny/slimy exterior (not too shiny). ;)
Excellent sharpness, detail, exposure, color, and an optimized POV. I like the WS a lot as well.
Very well done. Have a nice weekend mf.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-07 18:48]

Strange and interesting-looking fungus, Felipe.
I love the color and the luminosity of the subject.
Sharp details and excellent exposure.
You shot it in a lovely composition.
TFS. : )

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-07 20:12]

Hello Filipe,
very well captured, looks like its out of gelletin. Nice POV, great details. The colors are nice and rich.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-07-07 21:48]
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Hi Filipe
A lovely brightly coloured slimy and shiny fungi to brighten up the winter undergrowth and debris of the forest floor. You say it is underdeveloped, but I would not know. To my untrained and inexperienced eye it looks quite fine, although it seems like the next one which is busy emerging looks much bigger and it probably has the correct colouration.
I like the sensible vertical composition for this shot, the colours are well defined and rich - even the undergrowth shows good colouration. The details are splendid as the DOF nailed the shot at f/11, and the exposure was great at 1/2.
Very good work and TFS.

PS. For the uninformed, "What is a "chupa-chups?"

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-07-08 0:50]

Hi Felipe, the shiny fungus does look like a lollypop! And such damp undergrowth. Well captured, looks very real,

Hi Felipe,
Very good close-up.
Excellent sharp and details.
TFS Malgosia

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-08 5:23]

Hum, I like your Chupa-chups ;-) Sometime mushrooms have strange aspect, and this one is nice in gelatina.
Congratulations my friend.


Interesting subject choice indeed. The pic is well composed with good POV, Lighting and detail of the subject. The dark BG makes the subject all the more important in the pic. Well Done and TFS,

Hello Felipe, excllent colors, Bg, POV, DOF perfect details and a great composed PHoto, ts Kyle

Nice work as usual Felipe.
Its winter here now and not much about, the long drough continues. Since May, I have found only one fungi that was worth shooting, Everywhere is so dry and cold.
Lovely tones and great exposure.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-07-08 13:37]

Hello Felipe , What a beauty shot , good sharpnes colours compositie pov bg and the framing , very good tfs ,nice weekend teunie .

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-09 7:37]

Very good Felipe and Cristina!
Really looks like an yelow "chupa-chups"!
Very good DOF and details!
Very good on colours and POV!
5* and TFS!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-10 4:01]

Hi Felipe!
Weird, strange and slimy :-) Perfect title for this 'sweet' fungus. Did you try to lick it :-) ? I hope you didn't :-) Very surprising colour, great composition with brown BG and small, green moss. I'm glad to see your beloved subject again my friend :-)

Hi Felipe,
I wounder if your fungi is real a jelly baby Leotia lubrica or simlar species. As the stipe has the tipical aperance of these. Good POV I like the colour and whats that at the base another eath star?


Hi Felipe,

Jelly Bellies. Thats not a strange name for this beautiful fungi. What a colour. It seems on glass. Oké Felipe 3 days later, you have a lot of luck. A lovely contrast between the autum/winter colours and the green plant in foreground. Thats make the composition almost perfect. I had omitted this frame. Well done. Regards and TFS Bob

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