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Cauliflower Mushroom

Cauliflower Mushroom
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-06
Categories: Fungi
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/13 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fungi in Sweden [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-11-07 0:59
Viewed: 3141
Points: 37
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Cauliflower mushroom - Sparassis crispa

It’s the first time I’ve found a fresh specimen of this peculiar mushroom! I was very nicely surprised as I thought this species would have wilted by late autumn. It is a parasitic fungus that grows on the roots of and on old tree stumps of Pine (Pinus sylvestris). It can apparently also be found on Larch trees. This one was about 20 cm in diameter but they can grow as big as 40 cm and normally weigh up to 1-2 kg. Specimens weighing up to 14 kg have been reported!! The light beige colour implies that it is a fresh specimen as with age they become yellow.

It’s only found in south and central Sweden and is an edible species although it is not very widespread and common so personally I could never pick it as it is so beautiful where it stands. It’s intricate shape makes it also hard to clean.

This was captured from a distance of ½ metre with the camera handheld. It was in the Pine forest in dim light.

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Hi Ulla,
Beautiful photo of a not too common, but very spectacular looking species. Simple yet nice, although focus seems soft a bit.
Tfs, have a great weekend, László

Hi Ulla,

an nice shot from this beautiful fungi that i have also been posting on TN 2 years ago or something.
This specie are not so common.

Good pov, detail and a little soft sharpness.
Fine natural colours.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-07 1:22]

Hello Ulla,
what a nice mashroom macro shot. Nicely composed. Exposure and details very nice. TFS, well done.Best regards Siggi

Hi Ulla,very nice capture.TFS

Hi Ulla. The name really fits the shape and texture of this great find. I have never seen one looking like this and you have done well with the sharpness and details in this shot. The natural tone of G9 sensor is so pleasing. Well done - Jusni

Ciao Ulla. Interesting specie in good contrast and colours. Bit OOF.


Bonjour Ulla,
Belle publication bien composée avec un angle de prise de vue en plongé lui donnant un indéniable effet artistique.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Ulla,
Nice composition with natural colours and good focus. Interesting mushroom.
Nice clarity and excellent sharpness.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-07 6:55]

Hello Ulla,
Excellent presentation of this Cauliflower Mushroom in a beautiful natural surroundings. Good sharpness, details and natural colours.

Hi Ulla, may be sharpness not the best, but this is good macro capture of this parasitic fungus that 1stly appeared on TN. Thanks for the well prepared notes too!
Have a nice new week!


hello Ulla
great shot of this Sponge fungi whe called in holland
nice pose and good naturel colours
i have found many of this fungi which i post next time on TN
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-07 11:52]

Hi Ulla,this is another first time for me..this is new and very very nice,the pic haven't the best sharpness but i know how wasn't easy whitout tripod and in this low light.A great contribution for TN.Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano.

Hello Ulla, wonderful shot of this frizzy mushroom with nice composition.
TFS and regards,

Hi Ulla,
interesting mushroom but the picture could be improved. There seems to have been low light and the sharpness could have been increased.

I remember something similar from my younger days when I was still living in my village in the mountains, Ulla. We used to gather quite a few edible species of mushrooms from the vast forest close to the village and eat them with relish. They mostly grew on rotting wood.
This fairly large specimen really looks like a Cauliflower. You did not pick it and left it as it looks in this picture -- beautiful and very tempting. :)
Best regards.

Ciao Ulla, splendid light on strange mushroom, wonderful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ulla
very beautiful fungi and nicely presented on a carpet of pine needles,
i am impressed of his size and his shape, fine composition and natural colors
Have a good night

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-09 4:03]

Hello Ulla,
very special, strange and unique fungus. Very well captured from the top view.
I like this simple contrast of green and white.


Hola Ulla

Bonita composición de este hongo extraño, de colores claros muy agradables, parece hecho de cera. Una estupanda imagen y bien contrastada.

Un saludo de Antonio

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