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Strange Mushroom

Strange Mushroom
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-12
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EFS 17-85 IS USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): FUNGI, MUSHROOMS, LICHEN - WORLD WIDE [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-17 10:30
Viewed: 3967
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Please help ID

Out hiking last weekend I came across this strange looking Mushroom. I'm guessing it's a type of puffball. It was approximately 5 inches tall (12 cm) and maybe 4 inches across (9 cm)

I thought it was really unique looking and captured it laying down on the ground. It was in the shade and the lighting was nice and soft which brought the detail of this big guy.

UPDATE: Thank you Laszlo (Hormon Manyer) for the proper ID, it's called a Calvatia utriformis.

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  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-17 11:20]

Hi Janice. It sure looks a large one and one i have never seen so thanks for posting on TN. I like your low POV . We can see every detail on the skin. Which you have taken natural colours. well done TFs.

Hi Janice,

A Calvatia specie for sure, probably a young Calvatia utriformis (= Lycoperdon utriforme) or something else very similar. Great macro.

Best wishes, László

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-17 11:56]

Hi Janice,

Excellent image. Very clear and well defined.
Very good description provided.
Have a beautiful evening,

Hello Janice,

Now, this is a strange and unusual capture!
Nature's natural footstool!
Wonderful details of texture, form and colour.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2009-09-17 22:28]

Hi Janice,

That's an amazing image! You've certainly captured terrific details and colour. It almost looks like something from another planet. TFS.

See you,

Hallo Janice
Very interesting. I think I can help you with the identification. It is according to my knowledge "A big fat mushroom" - Ha-ha. Oops, sorry that is all I know. I am really going to get very clever on this site, because I have learned more in the time I have been part of Trek Nature than all the Biology and Geography lessons I had whilst being at school, and it is so much fun too. I really like the sight of this huge fungi in the shape of a "chefs hat". Thanks for sharing.
Best regards.

Hello Janice
What a strange mushroom, but you have taken it very sharply, the structure is well seen, nice surroundings and very good natural colors
TFS and have a great WE

  • fungiman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 297 W: 11 N: 313] (1005)
  • [2009-10-16 14:19]

Hi Janice
whoops sorry changed my mind I did not notice it was not a NZ fungi

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-11-02 17:34]

Hello Janice,
Your right about it's unique shape, this almost reminds me of an upside down elephants foot. Super detail with very natural colors. Love the low POV. Excellent exposure and great DOF.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-01-28 16:45]

Hi Janice,
Looks like an ottoman for the forest fairies to me. Very nice macro Janice, superb details and natural colors. Very nice work.

Hi MCF Janice,

This is realy very interesting sahaped mushroom:) looks like a pie:) the colours and sharpness are nice and appealing. Great composition and exposure too, I can't fault this. Well taken mF!
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-26 5:55]

Hi Janice,
indeed very strange fungus. i have never seen anything like this before. what a fantastic creation.
How lovely you composed in excellent sharpness and superb surrounding of grasses and leaves.
Very original view in a splendid composition.
Well done for such a unique subject shown successfully.


hello Janice
thanks ,
i like this big fungi
because there are also many in Holland and i like fungi,s a lot
great details and good sharpness make this good picture
greeting lou

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