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Saprophytic fungi

Saprophytic fungi
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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: 2006-10-31
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/11, 1/3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-05 12:56
Viewed: 13424
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I dont know this specie, looks like some kind of "Paneolus" but not sure at all, so lets talk about saprophytic fungi.

Saprophytic fungi are the largest group of fungi, they growing on dead organic matter such as fallen trees, cow patties, dead leaves, and even dead insects and animals. These fungi have enzymes that work to "rot" or "digest" the cellulose and lignin found in the organic matter, with the lignin being an important source of carbon for many organisms. Without their digestive activities, organic material would continue to accumulate until the forest became a huge rubbish dump of dead leaves and trees.

Saprophytes may thrive on all parts of plants, trees and even burned or mummified parts and partly digested matter in dung. Some of them are strongly specialized and can only exist on e.g. alder-catkins, pine-needles or reed-stems. Many others will attack different kinds of wood, however with a strong preference to a certain state of the substrate's decomposition. Any piece of wood will be fully decomposed in time by a succession of different kinds of fungi. The preceding fungus thus preparing the wood in favour of the next fungus. Some species prefer little twigs or branches, others need a really big wood-stump.

I found this info HERE and HERE.

Hope you like!

F:11 - 1/3 sec. - Manual exposure - Tripod

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a lovely presented and photographed fungi.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-03-05 13:17]

Hi Felipe,

Very lovely picture of these mushrooms, with fine details around the cap, colours and details are very great.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2007-03-05 14:04]

marvelous shot felippe,
the effect is great here, the idea is nice, the quality is high, the pov is great and the dof is also good, marvelous job, with my compliments.
gr. jaap

Hi dear Felipe ,
great shot as always.excellent details and nice sharpness.
well done

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-05 15:12]

Hi Felipe and Christina,

Well captured and composed capture of this fungi,very sharp and on a nice BG,I like this a lot,excellent camerawork ,TFS


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-05 16:15]

Hi Felippe, Great shot of this fungi, I love the way you highlight the focus point. Very sharp with great detail, wonderful DOF and colour tones. So delicate.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-05 17:29]

Hi Filipe

Leave aside the fungus for a moment...i'm just admiring the originality of the frame! WOW! Truely magnificent...and it integrates so well in the shot...amazing!

OK...now back to the picture: i really love the composition, too. The positioning of the fungi in the frame is impeccable, but what i think makes a great difference is that great tree-log and all those lives and cracks that lead towards its center...superb!
The details are very nice, too and the exposure is spot-on - also giving you these splendid natural colors.


Hola Felipe, wonderful photo with beautiful colors and splendid light, great presentation, ciao Silvio

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-03-05 20:33]

Hello you two, I can even see the cobwebs on the fungi - well captured, sharp and clear, and it's a good composition too. TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-06 4:00]

Hi Felipe,
Excellent picture of these fungis coming out of this dead wood. Interesting frame too. Well seen.
Best regards

Hola Felipe y Cristina,
Buen trabajo, la composición es bonita, la nitidez es soberbia, y la luz muy agradable. Un cordial saludo

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-06 6:47]

Impressive sharpness and presentation. Composition is well-designed. Possibly the best among your fungi photos. Very well done.
Best wishes,

bonjour felipe
la encore une bonne macro,si il n'y avait pas la souche pour nous donner l'echelle on pourrait croire que ces champignons sont gros.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-03-12 4:20]

Hi FeCr!

You did it again :-) Everytime I see your mix of colour and b&w frame I say - I must do something similiar one day :-) Really great composition, sharp and clear fungi, good POV. Exceptional frame :-) As always great work my friend!

Hi Felipe,
Probably you return once and you'll read my comment. I miss you and your great photos amigo! About the ID: Mycena inclinata (Fr.) Quél., quite common in the Northern hemisphere.
Have a nice festive season, regards from the Emerald Isle (I moved to Ireland 3 years ago), László

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