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Fungus : Bulgaria inquinans

Fungus : Bulgaria inquinans
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-08
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 18mm-55mm f/3.5 - f/5.6
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): FUNGI, MUSHROOMS, LICHEN - WORLD WIDE [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-20 4:58
Viewed: 3690
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another fungi, not as beautiful as the previous one, but still I liked his shape. I have absolutely no idea of its name (my fungi book didn't help) so it would be nice if someone here on TN could tell me. It was very small, 3 cm approximately, black, and it had the consistency of jelly - weird to touch. It didn't smell strong at all. It was growing very close to the place where I found me previous fungi, in a forest of trees with leaves (but I don't remember which species exactly). Maybe this will help ID, maybe not - anyways, the fungi is also beautiful without a name, don't you think ? :-)

Thanks to Ivan (Argus) and Laszlo (Hormon Manyer), I could put a name to this beautiful fungus : Bulgaria inquinans, a fungus from the family Bulgariaceae. It grows on branches and bark of dead Oak and European Beech. The species can be found from October to March.

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Writing this from a friend's computer in my native district in the Himalayas, Valerie. I'm in town for a couple of days and will go back to my village on the 23rd.
Couldn't resist looking at the gallery and found your latest picture. It is is an interesting shiny black/deep blue fungus growing on the branch of a living tree.
The image is well composed against a pleasing BG and shows the features and colours of this subject well.
I'm doing a lot of landscapes of snow-covered mountains these days and will post them when I return to New Delhi in the first week of March.
Thanks and bye till then.

Hi Valerie,
A nice capture of this odd looking fungi. Very well composed image with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-20 7:19]
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Hello Valérie,
A fine capture of a black fungus growing on dead softwood. The POV and sharpness against an OOF natural BG should enable an expert ID it. Though I'm no expert I suggest that it might be Bulgária inquinans.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,
Have a good weekend,

Hello Valérie,
A nice capture of this dark fungus. Sorry I can't help you with the ID.
I like the composition and the DOF, the subject stand out well from BG.
Well done.
Have a nice weekend.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-20 8:38]

hello Valerie
interesting species for me too
i like POV, BG, colours and sharpness at this photo

beautiful composition Valerie !
fine details and perfect sharp . wonderful colours and great DOF ,
well done !
have a good weekend,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-20 9:28]

Hi Valerie,
Very interesting fungi.Well caught and composed.POV,BG,exposure and details are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-20 9:55]

Hello Valerie,
Amazing species of fungi. Would not try to eat. Good POV and composition, interesting sharp details and natural colours.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-02-20 10:46]

Hello Valerie
Nice shot with exclellent elements. The colors are vivd and natural. The details are clean and very sharp.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-02-20 11:11]

Salut Valerie!

I saw similiar fungus few times in our forests but unfortunatelly I can't identify it. Nice one but please don't try to eat this :-) Very interesting colour - it's more black then black :-) I like it.

bonjour Valerie

excellente photographie de cet étonant champignon,
superb focus sur le sujet et l'avant-plan avec d'excellentes
nettetés et détails et j'aimes ce background tout flou, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-20 11:51]

Salut Valerie,une espece jamais vue chez moi,un couleur vraiment extraordinaire capture' a la perfection,merci pour cette photo tres interessante,bon fin de semaine,Luciano

Ciao Valeria, splendid fungi with fantastic dark color, perfect focus, wonderful blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi and Good Morning MF Valeri,
An another great macro capture of a strange shaped fungi, which i did not see before, with great clarity in a fine composition.
TFS and Have a nice weekend!


Hi Val,
Quickly, Bulgaria inquinans, as Ivan ('Argus') correctly said. Great focus and bg, congrats. Have a nice weekend, László

Has publicado dos bellos ejemplos de elementos de la naturaleza en esta época que a menudo pasan desapercibidos. Si observamos, vemos que hay multitud de hongos que son generalmente una belleza. Este en concreto muy bien captado, y además creo que nunca lo había visto aún.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-02-21 3:14]

Hello Valerie, another great close-up shot of a odd shaped fungi.
TFS and G's,

hello Valerie
super picture of this fungi
great deatails and good sharpness
i like fungi's you knowe
greeting lou

Hello Valerie, another wonderful macro shot pf a fungi.
TFS and greetings,

Hello Valerie, excellent shot of this fungus from nice POV.
TFS. Regards,

Hallo Valerie
I do not know anything about this subject, but I must say this is rather spectacular. Very interesting looking and certainly an eye-catcher. The contrast between the colour of the fungi and neutral background is realy special. I like what I see.Lightning and sharpness is a great A+.
Thanks for sharing.

salut Val
trčs belle photo de ce champignon noir aux reflets bleus
j'adore sa forme et sa netteté
superbe composition et arričre-plan flou qui fait bien ressortir le champignon
merci pour le partage

Hola Valerie,
Tu as obtenu un bon document de de celle-ci intéressante espčce de champignon, parfait BG. Merci de partager l'image. Amitiés. Ferran.

Hello Valerie,
A very beautiful picture, great POV and wonderful composition
.. Well done


Hello Valerie,
this is very interesting macro theme! I like it!

Ciao Valerie,
une photo trčs intéressante de ce champignon pris avec un excellent POV, bonne nettetč et parfait cadrage, j'adore l'arričre-plan ŕ les couleurs délicates.
Merci et félicitations.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-23 9:10]

Hi Valerie.
I do not agree with you. Pictured fungi is very nice and I have not seen this species. You managed to reflects its colouration, shapes and texture perfectly. Tree branch is wonderful too and represented also nicely. I also like pleasant and tender BG. It supplements the main subject very well. And one of the key points of the image its highest quality. Well done and TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-27 17:23]

Hi Valerie,
a very unique fungi. You showed it very sharply. Well taken in great focus and blurry background.
We have afew like this, but I alway see them dried already.


Hi Valerie,

I thought I have been critiques this one already but there is something wrong.
So I do it now again.

Nice picture of this black fungi with good details and beautiful colours.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-03-04 3:50]

Hello Valerie,
It is a delight to be back in your gallery.And i chose this one to have a better look and make my comments since this reminded me of another post of similar nature in Gert's(Gert Passen)gallery. Lazlo and Ivan identified it with another name and Gert mentions another...!!!I instinctly remembered it since he(Gert) had called it the Black Witch's Butter ...what an apt name looking at its grey colour and looks of a melted butter!!!!I took fancy to it...i thought it was amusing and cute..On looking at both the pictures side by side i think they are perhaps different ..these experts know better!

I like the capture you make here with fine details.The natural surroundings of the wet mossy branch add to the composition.The texture of the fungi is well picked up as much as its colour.I enjoyed looking at this one and thank you also for reminding me of Black Witch's Butter (a name i just like saying !!!)(chuckle!!)

TFS and cheers

Hello Valerie,
Great capture of the unique fungi. Some how I missed it but today while looking into your gallery I could see many surprises & this is one of them. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day & weekend :)

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