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An Orange fungi

An Orange fungi
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-24
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Canon 12x zoom 36-432mm equivalent
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/5 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): North-east New South Wales [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-14 6:17
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Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Beech Orange fungi (Cyttaria septentrionalis), a strange orange globular fungi that only grow on Antarctic Beech trees (Northofagus moorei). Antarctic Beech trees are an ancient species that only grow above 1,000m in cool moist environments where they form dense forests; some trees reputedly up to 2,000 years old.
This fungi is around 60mm in diameter and looks something like an over-sized golf ball. When the fruiting body first emerges it is covered with a pale pinkish membrane that peels off to reveal this amazing pitted structure. It has a very short stem and has an attractive faint apricot smell.
This one was found along the Five Day Creek track in New England National Park. Here, huge beech trees grow amongst the moss-covered understorey, a steep but very picturesque 5 hour walk.
We found two specimens of this unusual fungi growing on fallen limbs. I have posted another closer view of the second specimen in the workshop.
Thanks for looking.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-12-14 6:38]

Very interesting fungi. Nice sharpness and colors, perfect moss background.

That's a great one.
But is this not the ball for the Netherland to play the WK in germany?????
A good shot

Wooooow Chris!
Amazing shot. I see that for the first time. It must be amazing in real!

Hi Chris,
Great shot on this amazing looking fungi. The colors and detail in this are excellent. Very interesting, and well shown!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-12-14 8:03]

Hello Chris,
Very good macro,
Great colours, good details and composition
Well done

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-14 9:25]

Hi Chris!

This isn't fungus, this is alien capsule ;-) Beware! Invasion will start soon ;-) Excellent picture with contrast between orange and green. Great work!

A very curious fungus. Specific to southern emisphere I think. I bet is not edible. (Looks too good to be)

Regards, Petru

Hi Chris,
wow, this is very interesting.
This one looks like a beeyard, like small honeycombs. The colour is so pretty. Thank you very much for sharing it with us, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Most interesting, really TN stuff my friend.
Direct to my favs. I dont care about the quality, which in fact is really nice, only the info in the post worths looking.
I was surprised again with this one, next time you post something like this, please make me know, I cant see all pics! My best wishes, Felipe.

  • Great 
  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-12-15 16:45]

VEry intersting post, never seen one before, and excellently captured with surrounding habitat. Very good!

I like this fungi. Looks like small ball. Good colors and details on this. Sharp and natural habitat.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-12-18 21:00]

Hello Chris,
This strange fungus looks a a weird golf ball :-)
Great details, exposure and surrounding.
Best greetings,

Hi Chris,
This is simply amazing, never seen (or imagined) anything like that.
Thanks for sharing this one - it's unique!

Very nice photo and a very beautiful mushroom. I like the composition, colors and light. My only comment would be about the framing. It would have made a positive difference I think. By the way, there aren't many Canon S2 IS photos. I also use the same camera.
Best Regards,

Hi Chris,
Very-very interesting shot, this fungus specie's even surrealistic at first. Absolutely great color contrast and harmony, perfect off-centered compo. The foreground's a bit too much to my personal taste, and a very little oof, so I hope You don't mind I cropped it in my WS-version.
Tfs this beauty and the interesting note, have a great weekend, László

Hello Chris,

An extraordinary fungus, and an excellent shot of it showing its habitat nicely, good detail and color.


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