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Candlestick fungus

Candlestick  fungus
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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, 1/25 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fungi in Sweden [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-11-22 10:34
Viewed: 3688
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Xylária hypóxylon

This is a fungus found in deciduous forests in south and central Sweden. It is a tiny fungus growing on decaying hardwood often in large clusters and in sizes from 30 - 80 mm in height. It is an inedible species of fungus in the genus Xylaria. It is known by a variety of common names, such as the candlestick fungus, the candlesnuff fungus, carbon antlers, or the stag's horn fungus. Xylaria hypoxylon was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1745,[4] and then later mentioned by him in his Species Plantarum II. The specific epithet is derived from the Greek words hypo meaning "below", and xylon, meaning "wood".

Fruit bodies are cylindrical or flattened with dimensions of 3–8 centimetres (1.2–3.1 in) tall × 2–8 mm thick.[1] The erect ascocarps(fruiting bodies) are often twisted or bent, and typically sparsely branched, often in a shape resembling an antler's horns. Specimens found earlier in the season, in spring, may be covered completely in asexual spores (conidia), which manifests itself as a white to grayish powdery deposit. Later in the season, mature ascocarps are charcoal-black, and have minute pimple-like bumps called perithecia on the surface. These are minute rounded spore bearing structures with a tiny holes, or ostioles, for the release of sexual spores (ascospores). The perithecia are embedded in the flesh of the ascocarp, the stroma, which is tough, elastic, and white.

This is as fungus found in deciduous forests in south and central Sweden. The Swedish name is 'Stubbhorn'.

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hello Ulla
this is a SUPER good composition with great sharpness and good details
you have here a beauty mostle are the sticks litte or smale
this one is very good
great shot
greeting lou

Hi Ulla,

Very elegant mushroom species indeed. Fantastic composition with this one, the sharpness seems impeccable too. The shallow DOF was a good choice, well spotted.
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-11-22 11:06]

Brilliant picture, Ulla. I am amazed. It is difficult to imagine more beautiful scene. Superb main subject, impressive old wood and moss, splendid BG. Quality of the image is simply exceptional. Bravo. Perfect job.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-22 11:17]

Hello Ulla,
What a beauty, photo and fungus! Amazing colours and composition. Super sharpness, details and DOF. Taken from a perfect POV. Fascinating photo.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-22 12:14]

Hello Ulla
excellent shot, the dof, the colours and the lighting is superb, very nice pov, beautiful composition, the colourful bg looks lovely.Best regards Siggi

  • mwmod99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
  • [2010-11-22 12:51]

This is a fantastic capture of a strange fungi taken from a good angle with fine brightness, powerful colors and impeccable detail Ulla! Bravo, I love that shot indeed!
George Veltchev

A beautiful specimen, and something quite new for me Ulla, your detailed presentation is very good my friend, and I loved that fiery BG, TFS it indeed!

Hello Ulla,

yes the little ones.
Good low pov and taken with suburp sharpness and details.
In the Netherlands we call the Geweizwam (ivan knows what it means i think).
Perfect dof and blurred bg.
Fine natural colours.
ps maybe after this week i take 2 weeks rest from tn.
Thanks for your kind words.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-22 14:26]

The surprises in this magical world of the forest are neverending as i can see .A very strange and beautiful specie, the quality of the photos always on the top does not need comments.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hola Ulla

Vaya que original hongo, no o había visto antes. preciosa composición y perfecta nitidez. Un POV excelente y contrastes muy buenos.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hello Ulla,
Very nice composition and autumn light. This tiny fungus has interesting shape. Impressive details. Good night,

Ciao Ulla. The best contrast and brigh colours. Perfect lights.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-11-22 18:32]

Hello Ulla,
What a stunning image you have posted today. The composition is superb and the detail is exceptional. I must admit I have never seen this type of fungi before, but you have done a wonderful job of capturing it's image for all to enjoy viewing. Great work!!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-11-22 21:46]

Hi Ulla,
Excellent photo, great and fine details and sharpness, TFS!

Hello Ulla,
Fantatsic focus and clarity. Excellent capture with good light and
amazing details. Useful photographer's note.
Lovely composition.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-11-22 23:26]

Hello Ulla,

This tiny fungus has interesting shape
Fantastic composition with this one, the sharpness seems impeccable too.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

amazing natural sculpture, greetings Ori

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-23 2:06]

Hello Ulla,
an extra unique fungus seen here. Never thought such a feature and shape would exist in fungus. What a share i got here, never underestimate nature...it goes beyond the human thought.
Very well seen and exciting surroundings too.


Hello Ulla,
Great photo of this amazing fungi!
Excellent POV with good control over the DOF

Very shapely fungus, Ulla. Do I see some ice formation on it?
It is a very life-like image with superb DOF. The mushroom just stands out distinct and clear. The colours too are rich and natural.
Thanks and regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-11-23 4:23]

Hello Ulla,
Candlestick fungus is a good name for it. Must be a liitle light for the elves...
Very well chosen decentred composition and fine autumnal tints in the background. Interesting note too.

Buen enfoque al motivo principal, magnificado además por
el excelente fondo que lo acompaña. Naturalidad y gran
belleza en el conjunto de la paleta de colores.
Un abrazo Ulla: Josep Ignasi.

Bonjour Ulla,
Le bon angle de prise de vue et la lumière bien maitrisée permettent d'apprécier la finesse des détails d'une publication bien composée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-11-23 9:05]

Hi Ulla,
Extraordinary beauty of a cork!
Composition and depth of field is very beautiful.Fine details, beautiful natural colours nice blurry background.
Best wishes,

Ciao Ulla, great composition with fantastic fungi, fine details, wonderful warm colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Ulla.
This is a fine looking specimen looking solid on the decaying wood. The shape is unique and you have captured it well with the green lichen and contrasting background. Informative note and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

Hello Ulla! Amazing theme, good note, very interesting information. Superb exposure and capture. Good contrast and sharpness. Well done!

Hİ Ulla,
Lovely fungi with fantastic colors and splendid sharpness, beautiful composition, very well done.TFS

Hello again Ulla, a verry interesting fungus and its excellent macro shot.
Nice composition and details.
TFS and regards,

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