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Copyright: David McGill (Canish) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 29 W: 0 N: 33] (162)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-20
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 450D, Canon 60 mm f 2,8 EF-S
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-24 3:09
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Points: 3
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Class Agaricomycetes

Family Cortiraceae

Genus Gymnopilus.

Binomial Name.
Gymnopilus junonius (fr P.D.Orton )

This is a large mushroom up to 20cm across and has stems that are 250 mm long and 9mm across. The fragile ring is dusted with rusty orange spores and the flesh is yellow. Grows mostly in dense clusters on dead hardwoods and Conifers.

Some individual mushroons can weigh several pounds. They taste very bitter when cooked and will turn green in the pan.

This information was taken from wikipedia

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To Hormon_Manyer: Hi Hormon.Canish 1 05-30 17:22
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Hi David,

First of all about the species: although Agrocybe parasitica G. Stev. is a species not living in Europe (so I've never seen it by myself in situ or under microscope), I'm quite sure your photo is showing something very different. The species you named is living on standing dead wood, never in such huge clusters, and having quite big ring around the stem. From the cap surface, color and the whole habit I think you photographed a Pholiota (more possible), or a Gymnopilus (less possible) - impossible to give more proper ID specification without microscopic analysis - but without doubt not an Agrocybe.

Photographically: sharpness / focus is OK, but the composition seems a buit unbalanced with cropping some fruit-bodies from the top and the bottom. With f/11 you had enough DoF but most of the cap tops became overexposed - probably different settings, maybe even f/22 and 1/400 (see here why I think it) would have been worth trying also. Just a personal thought, of course - at least I like to experiment with various settings and flash.

Well, thanx for sharing this one and I'm looking forward to see more photos of you. Best regards from Hungary (Central Europe), László

Hello David.
This is very interestic picture.
Very good detalis.

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