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Verdegris Waxgill

Verdegris Waxgill
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-19
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/4 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fungi of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-20 9:36
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I first posted this species in October of 2004 it had recently had its name changed from Hygrocybe viridis, to Gliophorus viridis.
Now, after a few years, the name has been changed back to Hygrocybe.
Not only that ... it is recognised that there are 2 similar, but distinct species of green Hygrocybe in New Zealand.
This one seems to have characteristics of both Hygrocybe gramnicolor (previously known as Gliophorus viridis) and H.stevensoniae (named after its discoverer, Dr. Greta Stevenson)
They are both 15-50mm in height with a cap 10-30mm in diameter, pale green and covered in a layer of slime.
The gills are greenish white, adnate to slightly decurrent.The spore print is white.
The main difference between the two species is that H.stevensoniae has a lumpier slime that gives the appearance of frosted glass, which was evident in older specimens I found nearby.
However, the sheer brightness of these two, and the clarity of the slime would seem to me to suggest H.viridis.
I'll have to refer this one to the experts once again.

I found this one in an extremely dark area of forest near Lake Mahinapua,south of Hokitika.
The photograph was lit using my Petzl LED headlamp.

Thanks for looking,

ramthakur, ellis49, marhowie, russell, TAZ, bobcat08, Hormon_Manyer has marked this note useful
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Verdegris Waxgill .... Note added (my mistake)LordPotty 1 05-20 09:55
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Thanks for looking at my picture of a roach and witing an interesting comment on it, Lord Potty :-).
These are the first ever green fungi I have seen and they have been well captured except for the light bouncing off their glossy surfaces. (I wonder if you used fill flash here.)

Most unusual colouring of this fungi. Just lacking a little DOF to bring the second one truly sharp.
Good to see though.

Hi Steve,
nice to see you again, hope everything is well.
The green colours are beautiful. I like the light and the low POV.
Well done.

Hi Steve,
Had to drop in for a look-see. Been awhile.
Great job on the light/color, and good detail..
Excellent job under lousy conditions.
Interesting specimen for its unique color :)

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2007-05-21 11:23]

Hi Steve, wonderful this photo excellent details colors and light . I never saw before
this species.
TFS, Dan

Nice colour and composition, unfortunatly it is slightly out of focus, a little more depth of field would have helped.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-05-25 7:20]

Hi my friend,
Wow ! Another funny species. This green color is incredible. I would like to find (for my website and my pleausure) such nice mushrooms.
Here the spring was dry and Morchella were very rare :-( We hope more fungi next autumn...
Perhaps you could crop 2cm on the right side for the composition, for less centered...

Hi Steve,

It's look a like plastic. But anyway a perfect shot. BG, POV and sharpness are perfect. Welldone
Regards Bob

Hi Steve,
Now You see the benefit of being a cave explorer - we, others don't use headlamps for photographing, but I used a torch last time in a situation like this (unfortunately that photo didn't become the way I wanted). I also remember finding red Hygrocybes in my so-loved Bükk mountains, but I was much younger than, and was not interested in photography yet. Interesting, never-ever-seen (by me) fungi, which are, by my opinion a slight out of focus, but they're very nice and I like the colours very much. In this case the uniqueness of this photo counts more than the technique itself. Tfs, Steve and best wishes from Your Hungarian friend: László

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