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Giants
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-25
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Trips to New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-05 4:51
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, today I present to giants from the wet Northofagus forests of the New Zealand’s west coast. I must again thank my friend Steve ( LordPotty ) for finding these giants for me in the Coal Creek Falls Reserve.
The one on the left is (Austroboletus niveus) a giant that is Ectomycorrhizal with beech (Northofagus sp.) forest . The cap (pileus) is up to 150mm (6 in) across and the stipe a similar measure in height.
The two shots on the right are from the even bigger (Austroboletus lacunosus) which were 200mm (8 in) wide. Again it’s only found in beech forest. The stipe can be 150mm (6 in height). The caps (pileus) can be sticky and the top one has several crane flies seemingly “stuck” to its cap.
Both these species belong to the Boletaceae family and their spores are stored in verticle tubes which you can just see in the bottom right image. Both species can also be found in the moist eucalypt forests of eastern Australia.
All were taken using a mini-tripod and natural light.

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Hi Chris,
really big mushrooms You've got there, nice photographs, good collage.
regards,
Adrian

Hi Chris,
These are great shots of the big white boletes at Coal Creek.
I'm pretty sure you've got Austroboletus niveus in all these shots though.
A.lacunosus is actually quite a bit s bit smaller,with a tan/brown coloured cap and a much thinner and darker stipe.
I'll post one myself tonight so you can see it.
Im glad your fungi shots all came out so well.
It looks like the trip was well worth it.
Cheers
Steve

Hello Chris,

Only marking today, no time.
Mariki

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-05 8:03]

Hello Chris,
An excellent collage showing some bolete mushrooms. All three images are sharp and well exposed to present the mushrooms fro a fine POV.
We have similar species that are edible, the largest being very tasty and sometimes measuring 20cm across the hat, but we have to wait until September!
TFS this fine collage,
Ivan

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-05 8:57]

Hello Chris, This is a nice collage and presented very nice. Excellent note. Ganesh

Very interesting presentation of this monster. Many kind of boletus reach in spain and italy this size too, but I am afraid that african species win the price of the biggest toadstool, have a LOOK, I would love to find THIS ONE :D
Best regards, Felipe.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-07 0:40]

Hi Chris
I have always admired Steve's captures of mushrooms and here you are tottering to New Zeland to find bring us some more of those.
These are really awesome..gret details, excellent cpature of the textures on each one of them with a very nice PoV and DoF .
Thanks for these and cheers

Cheers

Hi Chris,
Fantastic photos and collage. Light is natural, with good exposure. Not as big mushrooms as on the links Felipe (extramundi) gave, but giants nevertheless. :) Thanx for showing us them.
Congrats, best regards, László

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