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Clathrus archeri

Clathrus archeri
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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: 2004-11-26
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fungi of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-03 7:55
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This looks very much like a photo I posted a few months ago,but it is a little different.
This is the Octopus Stinkhorn,Clathrus archeri,featured first on TN by Felipe Mateo (extramundi)and yesterday by new member Jonny Demey (jonnyval).
Its certainly a strange thing to find growing out of the ground,and not too pleasant to get close to.The reason is that it smells strongly,just like human excrement.The school where I shot this had a crisis when there was a severe infestation in woodchip coverd gardens all around the school grounds.The school windows all had to be kept shut until the stinkhorns were all removed and the woodchips replaced with bark.
This particular school in Hamilton city is a great place to find fungi.I shot 'The Thing' (featured yesterday) there as well.
As far as I know,these stinkhorns are found in many countries around the world,although New Zealand does have its own unique stinkhorns which I will try to find and photograph in the coming months.
Thanks for looking.

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Hi Steve,
Well captured this stinky fellow.As you say, there must be different species since the one on my photo has only 6 arms.
Here in Belgium we have many species of fungis but I never saw this one;(No need to bring it over here):)

Hi Steve
I saw this monster yesterday where you commented on the sterlitsia, which was this same "thing"
It sure is a strange fungus, very well presented, rifgt out of a SCFI horror movie. Did you notice, bottom, right, there it is written in big, thin letters - SF, on the "stem" of the fungus!!
TFS, very nice

The devil's hand coming out of the ground. An interesting "fungi"? Well done on this capture and composition.


Great shot Steve. Looks very similar to your former post..So what's different about it?? Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-03 11:14]

Belle et intéressante composition pour cette "chose" si étrange. Peut être un poil sombre...
Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-03 13:03]

I remember your first post with this Devil's hands Steve! Still looks alien, weird and little scary for me. I heard that similiar grow in Poland but never saw such thing. Great subject and great post!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-03 15:55]

Great capture Steve! This is not the most beautiful of creation I have ever seen, but it certainly is very interesting and expertly captured.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-04-03 22:22]

Oh my gosh, what is this Steve? it look like an alien from outter space.

First time I saw this kind of "thing" a bit scary for me. but it is a good shot, the sharpness and detail is so good that make my hair all stand...

Thanks for sharing.

Very interresting shot.
Good details,DOF and composition!

I still remember the first time you posted this "monster" Steve. Still an unbelievable thing to see. The details and colors are very nice and it well composed. Very well done.

Amazing! More extreme colour. Not like our much tamer Canadian stinkhorns which look like pallid phalluses.

Great shot Steve, I really lik ethe POV here. Looks like a couple of turkey feet glued together.

Wow! This is really cool & creepy, it looks like something from 'War of the Worlds', or the evil hand from the dark underworld. Fantastic shot and POV. Paul :)

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