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Clavaria corallino-rosacea

Clavaria corallino-rosacea
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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: 2009-03-14
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/8
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand Fungi [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-14 3:01
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Species: Clavaria corallino-rosacea

Common Name: None
Found: Podocarp forest
Substrate: Ground
Spore: White
Height: 80 mm
Width: 1.5 mm
Season: Winter
Edible: No

(from 'The Hidden Forest' by Clive Shirley)

Today Kay & I took the chainsaw a few kilometres up the road to the remains of a clear felled plantation of Pinus radiata to try and cut a few pine rings for firewood from what logs had been left behind.
After cutting one log in half,I found,as I had suspected,that it was saturated almost to the core,and hardly worth taking home.In our damp garage it would hardly dry out in time to use when we needed it,so instead we stopped in at the Omotumotu reserve,just outside Greymouth,to see what fungi had come up.
The forest here was predominantly small native trees and shrubs like Coprosma,native Fuschia,Wineberry,Kamahi and tree ferns,with a few podocarps here and there,like Rimu,Miro and Kahikatea.

I'm a bit red/green colourblind, so I didn't spot these Clavaria myself, but luckily, Kay did....(Imagine if her name was Katy :)
The background was quite messy with lots of brown twigs all over the place,but luckily,there were lots of fresh green tree fern leaves on the ground,brought down in the previous days heavy winds.
I thought these would make a much better background,so I propped them up behind the fungi.
I'm sure you'll agree,they make a beautiful contrast.

This is a species of Clavariaceae that I hadn't aseen before,so I was thrilled to be able to capture them.
I was also relieved that I could still take a reasonable shot on Kays FZ5 (my old camera) using manual settings,despite the fact that I can't select manual and macro at the same time.
I like how this came out.

I hope you like them too.
Cheers,and thanks for looking.

ramthakur, matatur, albert, peter_stoeckl, Argus, yasemin, bahadir, eqshannon, haraprasan, rousettus, Dis. Ac., eng55, boreocypriensis, Hormon_Manyer has marked this note useful
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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-03-14 3:05]
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Hi Steve !
Nice photo.
Well done, I like very mult.Se like carrot.
Have a nice weekend.

This is decidedly one of the most beautiful looking fungus in terms of colour and shape, Steve. You were fortunate to come across it on your wood gathering outing.
The green stuff you placed behind the subjects really makes a better BG. Your camera has done a good job, of course.
Thanks and regards.

Beautifully formed mushrooms in saturated colours artfully captured against the fuzzy greens and browns of ferns within a natural habitat Steve, and "Katydid" would be funny indeed, I agree, thank you my friend for sharing this beautiful patch of nature with us.

Hello Steeve
Stunning fungi presentaion, I like the vivid colours and contrasts in your photo
I'm not a fungi's specialist but I have never seen such mushroom!!! I guess that they are not eatable?
Have a nice W-E

Hello Steve,
a very fine catch of beautiful fungus I never seen before.
The red colours are amazing and it stand out well from the BG.
I like the low POV too.
Well done, mf.

Hi Steve,
obviously taken from flat on the ground, it is fascinating to see those bright red fungi towering into the dense fairy tale vegetation of ferns. A powerful and convincing presentation of Clavaria and its habitat.
Thank you! With best regards,

PS: Just read in your well written notes how you arranged the BG. Perfectly done!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-14 5:45]

Hi Steve,
lovely natural capture of the flora. Well composed in its natural surrounding. The colour is so contrast with the green.
Thanks also for the information about the uses of ferns.
Really exciting to know it.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-14 7:55]

Hello Steve,
A fine capture of a group of Clavaria fungi. They look similar to the European orange stags-horn fungi, except that they don't branch.
Nicely taken on the forest floor with fine lighting and the OOF fern BG shows them off in a nice way.
Thanks and all the best,

Hi Steve.
Excellent catch from a perfect point of view and very good presentation of this interesting shaped fungi... nice composition, sharp details and good natural colours...
Thanks to sharing...

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-14 8:31]

Hello Steve,
Very beautiful photo of this fungi. The contrasting colours are marvelous. Excellent low POV and sharpness. You've got a very nice and special nature 'down under'.

Hello Steve, excellent close-up of these fungi. Details are wonderful.
TFS and regards,

One of my fav's is Secret Garden...Tres cool movie...and the music is neat as well..your image oh yes...cephalic in nature for sure...and the bright colours are well seen in teh natural setting...How Greco-Roman!

hello steve
beautiful picture
a great fungi
i like the colours and the composition in the bush
great shot
greeting lou

Ciao Steve, amazing fungus, I never see before, thanks, fantastic colors, great details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Sweet capture of these Club Fungi Steve! It's rare to see them in this orange color. Composition, DOF, focus, lighting and sharpness are all great on these beauties! Well done!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-03-14 11:36]

Hi Steve,
Wonderful fungi 'shoots' and that red colour looks so tempting. Very neat and sharp image and I like this details and colours ot the natural habitat. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

Namastay Steve,
A nice capture of these beautiful mushrooms. Thanks to Kay for spotting these. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hello Steve
what a beautiful fungi species, with reddish colors. you nicely captured them among ferns. nicely composed and focused. TFS, best wishes friend

Hi Steve,

a fine picture from these Fungi's that I never been seen before.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-03-14 13:43]

Hi Steve!

Indeed, I like them, and I don't find the background messy, but very natural. It contrasts nicely with the uniform colour of the amazing fungi. The colours are superb, and I have had a great pleasure o read your narrative notes.

Kind regards


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-14 13:59]

Hi Steve,
Magnificent close up.Exposure is spot on.I liked colors,POV,lighting and 3D effect a lot.
Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Steve, congrats that you also obserd your 2nd fungi species of the year. A fine macro from nice POV with excellent details and nice composition.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!

Witaj Steve
I am under great impression for quality this picture. It is this very difficult object. Your picture is made beautifully. Colours and details are very good. Beautiful macro!
Pozdrawiam - Roma

Hi Steve
Great picture with very good colours and composition.

Hi Steve,
If I have to tell my opinion with a few words only: this is one of Your best shots. Everything is superb here: color tones and saturation, compo, exposition, background (it was a good idea to make 'gardening' in the bg, sometimes I used to, too). Which makes it even more special is this is a new specie in Your photo collection (I know how special this feeling is). Brilliant pic (and note, too), I bookmark it with a little green star...
Absolutely not Your fault, and not Clive's either, but the "great taxonomists" have already taken this specie into another genera, so the current name is Clavulinopsis corallinorosacea (Cleland) Corner. Today. But tomorrow... Sometimes it's really difficult to understand the official science...
Tfs, friendly regards, László

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