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Honey Fungus

Honey Fungus
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-13
Categories: Fungi
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fungi in Sweden [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-23 10:07
Viewed: 6730
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Armillaria mellea - Honey Fungus

There are quite a number Armillaria species where this one is a rather chunky variation. The Honey fungus is often seen on tree stumps, logs and branches but it is also a species that causes great damage to trees and bushes. The fungus produces mushrooms around the base of trees and spreads an infection. As the fungus causes root rot, symptoms also appear in the crowns of infected trees and in the end the trees die. It’s a threat to many plant species and causes damage to many pine and spruce plantations around the world.

This species is capable of producing light via bioluminiscence that is a form of luminescence, or "cold light" emission.

The latin name Armillaria means scaly and the latin for Honey is mel. It has a ‘honey’ colour!

This was captured from a distance of about ˝ metre with the camera handheld. It has been cropped slightly and sharpened.

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Hello Ulla!
We are neighbords today! What honor for me!
Nice fungi cluster, shoted with masterly flash of your G9!... and optical zoom! I like a lot the textures and warm colors, this generates a nice sense of environnment arout the fungi cluster!... Extra points for tou and your G9! You should write reviews and "how to use" books for bridges and compacts of Canon!...
Regards, TFS and happy Sunday for you and "Mr. ID" Ivan! :)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-23 10:22]

Hello Ulla,
What a very beautiful warm colours in this photo. It is taken from an excellent POV in very good sharpness, details and composition. Good DOF.

hello Ulla
veru good pose with nice light and good details
beautiful naturel colours
great sharpness
greeting lou

Hello Ulla,

Very beautiful photo.
Excellent light,colours and definition.
Good composition.
I like the notes.

I wonder if it is possible to photograph this type of light mentioned in notes...interesting quality/characteristic for sure. And in your lesson..a good use of flash. It looks dark..outside I mean..were you waiting for the glow?

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-10-23 11:39]

Hi Ulla,

Obviously it is mushroom season in Europe, while it is still quite warm and very dry here.

A lovely capture of this beautiful pest.

Thank you for sharing this one. Enjoy your weekend!



Ciao Ulla, lovely composition with beautiful fungi, splenddi autumnal colors, excellent sharpness and wonderful light, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Ciao Ulla. The best light as possible. Good DOfand natural colours.


Hello Ulla. Great capture! Details, colurs, background and composition are wonderful.
Great POV.
TFS. Kind regards,

Great shot of these Armillaria Ulla !
These are amongst the most common type of mushrooms we find here, although we have our own special Armillaria novae-zelandiae which is very similar to this one.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Ulla..Excellent picture and well framed. Well done.
Best Wishes and regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-23 15:10]

Hi Ulla,the butterflies are gone but the mushrooms coming in your country..and what a beautiful family on your road today,i like a lot the light of your pic,perfect to warm the colors,and the very nice composition and sharpness.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hi Ulla,

Fantastic textures and details. I agree with Jesús in the case of the book. :) Right now this species and the closer relatives are growing here in a huge mass, and being edible, people used to pick it with cart. :) Congrats for the pleasant image.

An addition to your good note: only the mycelium is able to produce bioluminesce, the fruitbody isn't, so Armillaria mellea isn't something like the "glowing fungi" (Mycena lux-coeli and Mycena chlorophos) of the East Asian / Oceanian rainforests. The "damage of pine and spruce plantations" is usually caused by a closed relative, Armillaria ostoyae (Romagn.) Herink, because A. mellea is relatively rare on coniferous wood.

Have a nice weekend, friendly greetings, László

hello Ulla

great shot of these fungis, with very fine POV to show
their textures, superb focus great sharpness and details,
very beautiful warm luminosity and colour tones, TFS


Good morning Ulla,

Incredible close-up capture of these Honey fungi.
The low POV worked well and contributed to the nice blurr effect in the background. Exposure looks perfect, there is nice color saturation and excellent focus.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-10-23 23:33]

Hello Ulla,

The time of mushrooms is back in the country, this year see we a lot mushrooms through the much rain during October.
Nice group together middle of the nature.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice sunday,

Hi Ulla,
A lovely capture of these beautiful Honey Mushrooms. Very good use of flash. Good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Bonjour Ulla,
Trčs belle publication avec cette superbe macro valorisant bien les sujets sous une belle lumičre et une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Ulla,
Fantastic capture with such lovely natural colours and excellent focus.
Perfect shot with superb composition and POV. Great sharpness and clarity.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-24 18:01]

Hello Ulla,
nicely captured of this top shot view. The cluster is very beautifully lit and the features are well seen.
The gradual blurry background makes this capture a pleasant one.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-25 4:39]

Hello Ulla,
This fine fungi looks so innocent.. and I read in your note that it causes damages to the trees, so I wonder what is there positive function in nature?
Nice fungi-gathering with lovely brownish tints which you show in this well composed picture.
Merci, amicalement

Hi Ulla. The name reflects the color and some texture of the real stuff. I like the way you have perfected the DoF in keeping the whole bunch in focus. Well defined details and pleasing framing for us in TN. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day. Regards - Jusni.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-10-27 6:35]

Hi Ulla.
Lovely shot of this cute group. Amazing warm colour palette. I like it a lot as well as I like wonderful POV, superb details of the mushrooms and so nice smooth BG created by dry leaves. Great picture with own spirit. Warm regards and TFS.

Trčs jolie présentation de ces végétaux si complexes et intéressants, auxquels bien de gens ne font pas cas. C'est trčs bien que tu nous les montres, Joliment présentées
Bravo et au revoir....JP

Hello Ulla,

this one are been very nice photographed by you.
Good of sharpness and details.
Fine brown colours.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-03 10:58]

Hello Ulla.
This is an excellent natural fungi picture.Superb clarity, color, sharpness, detail, exposure and comp. I like it!Best regards Siggi

Hello Ulla
I am not sure, but I remember I saw this beautiful fungi here. Your shot is great with focus, exposure, POV and light using. nicely composed and presented. I know bioluminiscence features of some fungi. But I dont remember their species, since I learnt them when I was a biology students many years ago. By your notes, I learnt again. thanks for sharing this beautiful honey colored shot with good informative notes. best regards and have a good night

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