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Fairy Bonnets

Fairy Bonnets
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-27
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/8 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): North-east New South Wales [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-12 6:27
Viewed: 4644
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These are a troop of Fairy Bonnets (Coprinus disseminatus) a reasonably common fungi found in rainforests of south eastern Australia. They have the habit of growing out from the sides of rotting logs, so that the stems are often curved as in this image.

Thanks to Jan and Clive for correcting the identification.

This one was taken near Crystal Showers Falls in Dorrigo National Park, a truly beautiful world heritage rainforest park in northern New South Wales. In fact, of all the national parks of eastern Australia, I think this one is my favourite.

I didn't have a tripod with me, so I leant against the log to take this shot and used available light. The DOF is a bit short and the ones in the foreground are a little OE, but I liked the composition.

The cap is 1.5-2cm , at first globose, then broadly convex. The flesh is thin with a hint of blue. Gills are adnexed, white with blue margins. The stem is 1-2cm long, attached to the wood via a flatish disk. There is no smell. The spores are ellipsoid, smooth, hyaline. (A.M. Young. 2005. ‘A Field Guide to the fungi of Australia’ )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-01-12 7:17]

Nice to see some nice mushrooms during my winter ;-) I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Chris and thanks for sharing.

Hi Chris!
Amazing family of this great fungi. Intereasting play of light and every detail on this photo.

Good detail and very well exposed Chris. Very well composed with your parasol grouping running diagonally through the frame. Very good shot, especially considering no tripod was used. Well done.
Thank You!

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-01-12 8:15]
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Nice family of interesting fungi. Very good composition, good sharpness and colors. I think this is not any Mycena, but some Coprinus, perhaps C. disseminatus or similar.
Regards, Honza

Chris, this is a great photo. Great colours, sharpness and great POV/DOF. A very nice composition. Thanks for posting.

Hi Chris,
This is a bit different from you, and a great capture it is.
Good detail, colours and sharpness. Composition and exposure are spot on. Good low POV.
Thanks for posting, Enjoy the rest of the week.

Nice composition even under trying conditions :) I like many know the feeling of not having a tripod when needed.

I have to agree with Jan I feel you have a troop of Coprinus disseminatus rather then Mycena interrupta.

An interesting thing about M. interrupta is that they are blue in Australia and green in New Zealand.


Excellent composed image of this really cool looking group of shroons, the lighting is well balanced giving you a nice exposure. :)

Hi again Chris.
You have to forgive me not to comment this one before, I received your note, but too busy lately.
You have heard about the ident from Clive and Jan, sure this are coprinus.
You did a great work with your DOF and perspective. Thanks very much for sharing. Hope to keep seing australian fungi :)
Regards, Felipe.

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