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Coprinus comatus

Coprinus comatus
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-10-02
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-10-05 2:44
Viewed: 1212
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coprinus comatus, the shaggy ink cap, lawyer's wig, or shaggy mane, is a common fungus often seen growing on lawns, along gravel roads and waste areas. The young fruit bodies first appear as white cylinders emerging from the ground, then the bell-shaped caps open out. The caps are white, and covered with scales—this is the origin of the common names of the fungus. The gills beneath the cap are white, then pink, then turn black and secrete a black liquid filled with spores (hence the “ink cap” name). This mushroom is unusual because it will turn black and dissolve itself in a matter of hours after being picked or depositing spores.

When young it is an excellent edible mushroom provided that it is eaten soon after being collected (it keeps very badly because of the autodigestion of its gills and cap). If long-term storage is desired, microwaving, sauteing or simmering until limp will allow the mushrooms to be stored in a refrigerator for several days or frozen. Also, placing the mushrooms in a glass of ice water will delay the decomposition for a day or two so that one has time to incorporate them into a meal. Processing or icing must be done whether for eating or storage within four to six hours of harvest to prevent undesirable changes to the mushroom. The species is cultivated in China as food. The mushroom can sometimes be confused with the magpie fungus which is poisonous.(Wikipedia)

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Very good Siegfried , natural habitat and nice POV.
Well done.

Tahnks for sharing.

Nice fresh image of this Fungi with an interesting shape, Siegfried.
The colours and settings are very natural.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Sigi,
a nicely composed shot of the ink cap with the decaying leaves adding a a good sense of the environment.
Clarity is first class.
Regards Les.

Hello Siegfried,

Well captured this Ink cap. I like the way placed it decentralized and gave space in its foreground. Nice details..
Thanks for sharing,
Best regards,

hallo Siegfried
very nice picture with good details and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-10-05 11:28]

Hello Sigi,
Very beautiful photo of this Ink Cap in nice contrasting colours and good sharpness. Taken from a fine low POV. Excellent composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-10-05 14:53]

Hi Siggi,magnificent choice of point of view to show us this specie in this beautiful perspective,it looks like an ice cream under the sun...eheheh...great sharpness and perfect exposure! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-10-06 17:45]

Hello Siggi,
Great shot of this fine looking shaggy mane, exposure is just right and focus is sharp. I really like the very low POV you chose and the colors are well balanced and natural. This is usually about the time of year they start appearing here in Ohio.

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