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Puffball 2

Puffball 2
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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: 2004-10-19
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/28 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-10-21 6:00
Viewed: 4095
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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, it is covered with tiny spines. The spines often rub off by maturity, but they usually leave little scars where they were attached.
The scars can be seen on this one,the spines which have fallen off are on the ground bellow it.
The top is beginning to darken and this will become a small opening from which the spores will be expelled,in what resembles a tiny puff of smoke.
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.

I discovered this one in woods near my parents house.It was early morning and raining quite heaviliy.

Photo cropped and sharpened USM 45%

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Another outstanding catch Andy. The details are shown nicely. Like the note too.

Andy, Great shot displaying all those lil' nodes & textures with good detail & exposure. Great note - Great job!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-21 9:51]

The detail on this is great. The whites are exceptional and the composition good.

Thanks for posting

Nice detail and sharpness, I like the textures that you managed to capture so well.

Well rain seems to be the norm at the moment :0(((.
this one looks to be still in the edible stage, unlike mine. this is very well seen the vent where the spores will emerge is very clearly seen .

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-21 13:46]

Lovely shot Andy, I like the water droplet hanging off the side. The fungi surface shows all the detail it can, well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-21 14:19]

Hi Andy
Good to see a post! Nice contrast with the BG, and good goose-flesh pimples in the texture.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-10-22 17:15]

Very good contrast between background and object.Super details and sharpness.The water drop is like a pearl.

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