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Puffball
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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-15
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/15 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-10-17 12:38
Viewed: 3800
Points: 14
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Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum)

Lycoperdon perlatum is widely distributed and easily recognized, despite the fact that it is very variable in appearance. It grows on the ground, which helps separate it from Lycoperdon pyriforme, which grows on wood. It has a fairly substantial stem, which makes the shape of the mushroom rather like an inverted pear. And, when young and fresh as it is here, it is covered with tiny spines. The spines often rub off by maturity, but they usually leave little scars where they were attached.
Like many other puffballs, Lycoperdon perlatum is edible when young and fresh. The flesh of young specimens is white and fairly firm; do not eat any specimens in which the flesh has begun to turn yellow or brownish.

Habitat: Alone, scattered, gregariously, or in clusters; in woods under hardwoods or conifers, but also common along roadsides and in urban settings; rarely on very decayed wood.

This shot of quite a young specimen was taken in my local woods early in the morning after a night of heavy rain.

Photo cropped and sharpened USM 45%

PDP, CaptiveLight, Callie, extramundi, gerhardt, japie, RAP, Luc has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-17 12:51]
  • [2]

Nice work Andy, I captured a couple of these today but I'm glad I didn't post it as yours is better. Very nice textures, and the exposure is spot on. Good work.

(I like the little bug!)

Fascinating texture on this, I have yet to find one like this.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-17 14:28]
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Hi Andy, very nice capture, texture ans the insect on a strong node just brak the whites nicey. Thanks for sharing.

We have a beautiful collection of Lycoperdones in TN, and this one is a very good contribution. The POV and well balanced whites, gives a nice optical sensation. Thanks.

Andy, this is a neat post. The whites are handled very well The texture gives a nice 3D look to it. Very well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-18 6:06]
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The whites in this are brilliant. I think that tiny bug is biting off a bit more than he can chew!

Thanks for posting this beauty

Points in the morning

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-18 12:36]
  • [2]

Muy agradable imagen Andy con una perspectiva y un nivel de foco muy atinado para esta caso.
El colorido y texturado de este hongo es muy interesante con un contraste pronunciado con el medio.
Buen encuadre como así tambien la nota que acompaña.

Very pleasant image Andy with a perspective and a level of focus very accurate for this case.
The colorful one and texture of this fungus are very interesting with a contrast pronounced with ambience.
Good frame like thus also the note that accompanies.

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