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Blue and Green Umbrellas

Blue and Green Umbrellas
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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: 2009-03-15
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/6 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand Fungi [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-15 1:26
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Entoloma hochstetteri

Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Basidiomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Entolomataceae
Genus: Entoloma
Species: Entoloma hochstetteri

Description: Pileus 15-50 mm diam., conical to sharply umbonate, edge inturned (even in aged carpophores), light blue turning greenish blue and finally ochraceous coloured near the apex, hygrophanous, striate towards the margin, dry, appressed fibrillose. Lamellae adnexed or subfree, bluish when young, becoming bluish-reddish brown to pink brown, moderately crowded, gill edge concolorous, even or irregularly scalloped. Stipe 50-100(-150) x 3-5 mm, cylindrical, equal or attenuated upwards, concolorous with pileus, fading to brownish, whitish at the base, dry, fistulose, fragile, fibrillose, frequently twisted. Context bluish or bluish-greenish (especially at the base). Odor and taste indistinct. Chem. reactions: on pileus: KOH - light reddish-brown; HCl yellowish; NH3- negative.
Spore print purplish or deep red-brown. Spores 11-15 x 11-14 µm, cuboid. basidia 40-60 x 15-20 µm, 4-spored. Cheilocystidia 40-60 x 8-14 µm, fusoid, with long tapering and apically rounded neck, membrane thin-walled. pleurocystidia none. Cuticle a cutis composed of repent or slightly suberect, cylindrical hyphae (5-13 µm diam.), terminal cells rounded, membrane thinwalled, with indistinct plasmatic pigment.
Clamp connections present.
Habitat: Among litter and moss on soil particularly in broad-leaved forests and Podocarpus-forests, rarely occurring in Nothofagus-bush. New Zealand.
Notes: This fungus is common in the lowland-forests of New Zealand, especially on the western side of the three islands.
We're just getting into autumn now in New Zealand.
The months of March,April and May are when most of our most interesting and colourful fungi appear.
So far this week,I have spotted two species of Austroboletus,Tylopilus formosus,Chamonixia pachydermis,Amanita muscaria,Calostema rodwayii,loads of Russula and Cortinarius,and these beauties,the 'Sky Blue Mushroom',Entoloma hochstetteri
I actually photographed some of these a few days ago,but wasn't quite satisfied with the shots.
This one still isn't perfect.
I couldn't capture the whole fungi,and they look a bit grainy,but I liked the surrounding foliage of Hypnodendron,one of our green Umbrella Mosses.
I hope you like them too.

I expect to be finding a lot of these over the next three months,but I'll only photograph the best of them.
I also expect to find a lot of other colourful fungi,especially when I return to the plateau above the Arnold River.
Keep watching.


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Hi Steve, an another excelent fungi macro but this time blue one. i also upload my 3rd butterfly of 2009:) today. Ane awesome macro in a wonderful atmosphere from nice POV with nice composition and neat details.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


Namastay Steve,
A nice capture of these beautiful blue mushrooms. Excellent composition with the greens and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Steve !
Wow, blue fungi - I didn't know thid could exist ! Once again you come up with an amazing picture, showing all the beauties of your country. I really like the details, on the fungi as well as on the moss. Composition, POV are excellent. I'm impatient to see all those colorful fungi you speak about in your note !
Greetings from France !

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-15 3:44]

Hello Steve,
Wonderful colour combination with this green and blue. Great clarity. Excellent sharp details and a very nice composition.

hello Steve!
interesting species of fungi with classical
blue color,in an environment that shows us so well the undergrowth...

best sERGIO

Hi Steve,
do you have a new camera my friend?
I'm happy for you - and happy because I know, you will post further ;-)
I made a short break of nearly 2 weeks now, no time ...
So I'm happy to find again time today to look at all the pretty shots. Your funghis are fantastic and so interesting. I never saw a blue one in nature, I like this shot, so beautiful. Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-15 6:39]

Hello Steve,
Blue fungis are always spectacular in a picture, and combined with these lovely umbrella mosses, they make a wonderful and natural picture.
With autumn arriving, you must feel happy!
Thanks for picture and instructive note
Best regards

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-03-15 7:27]

Beautiful, Steve, I thought of Schtroumphs when I saw the blue fungi, it's the same blue. Lovely composition, too, I love the moss at the background and the arrangement of the fungi, with the one cap upside down. You give a lot of information, too, and coupled with the picture, it is quite an interesting post. Many thanks!


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-03-15 8:22]

Hi Steve!
A photo with some interesting color.
Have a nice day.

Ciao Steve, I never see fungi of this colors, thanks, superb details and splendid sharpness, wonderful cpmpèosition, bravo, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-15 10:12]

Excellent picture and subject, mate! NZ is really place from fairy tales. Blue mushrooms! Crazy place... And autumn in march... Erm... I don't know what to say but this is silly :-) Last but not least I'm trying to remind myself which alchemical symbol was blue...

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-15 10:49]

Hi Steve,
Excellent capture and interesting fungi.Colors,lighting,exposure and composition are perfect.
Thanks for posting.

Hello Steve, excellent macro shot of this blue fungi with great details and nice composition.
TFS and regards, Deniz

hello Steve
WAUWH wat a great colours
so full of details
great picture
greeting lou

Witaj Steve
I the most beautiful mushrooms what saw. Mushrooms' amazing colours. Very curious frame. It in miniature pays back already on me attention. It on green moss' background presents incredibly.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2009-03-15 14:09]

Very interesting fungi Steve. I like unusual colors and good sharpness.

A beautiful micro-naturescape captured quite expertly with the correct exposure and fine focus Steve, I loved those blue mushrooms my friend, TFS indeed!

I think i'm gonna have to move to New Zealand, between you and "Kathleen S." the different species of Exotic Fungi that thrive over there is simply breathtaking! I hear the Lamb is very good also! This species has such a rich blue color it's hard to understand that they are real. You've managed to capture them really well, though I would have also like you to capture them fully and a bit zoomed out. Composition, DOF, focus and lighting are just right! The tranquil Umbrella moss surrounding adds a nice touch to the scene!

Hi Steve,

nice fungi that I have never been seen in the wild.
Good pov, a pity it's are cut of the fungi.
Beautiful colours.


Hi Steeve,
Great colours'composition,I have never seen such blue mushroom!
The colours are very natural, but would have been better with a deeper DOF, but seeing the exposure I understand that the light was not in your favour !

Hello Steve,
thanks for sharing this great pic,

Hi Steve,
looking at your fungi makes me want to visit New Zealand once and try my hand on such wonderful objects. But then it takes the photographic skills to render them as you do ... :-).
What's so interesting here is how the fungi seem to grow out from the dark into the light. Great composition.

Best regards

This is one of the nicest fungi if there's possible to say something like this. You're lucky to find them from year to year.
Yes, this isn't Your best Entoloma shot. An acceptable one with great colors and lights, but one of the fungi and also the greenery in the lower left corner became more or less out of focus. Overall: 7 out of 10 on my personal ranking.

What is Calostema rodwayii and Chamonixa pachydermis? Never heard even about the generas, and Index Fungorum doesn't know any of them either. Are they myxomycotas?

Best wishes, László

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-03-29 2:39]

I love these coloured mushrooms Steve. What a beautiful colour - my favourite colour is blue!!
But they go so well with the bright green moss - it is a pretty picture.
Good focus and sharpness too

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