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Rhodotus palmatus (Wrinkle Peach)

Rhodotus palmatus (Wrinkle Peach)
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Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-05
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II USM, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-11-11 7:05
Viewed: 4123
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The history.
Back last winter, an old dead beech tree came down across my track, totally blocking it. It has been dead but upright for about 5 years after being drowned in some winter floods which left in standing in water for 6 months. It had been growing in an old coppice are with ancient oaks, hazel, hawthorn, furry elm, goat willow and holly. We had taken the decision that it was too close to the main road to cut down and not having a chain saw, we just had to wait for it to come down. When it did, it narrowly missed my telephone lines and the gate, but left my car trapped on the wrong side! Unable to cut it up, it was too big, and unable to move it, I had to resort to tying my car to it and pulling it up the track so that it was along it rather than across the track! (sorry no photos!) (My husband was away from home yet again and we have no neighbours.) Luckily my car managed this with ease, though the slip knot jammed and I had to cut the rope off afterwards... After a few branches (dead and rotten) had been sawn off (hand saw) I was able to get to work, some 90 minutes late, rather hot and definitley not in the best of moods.

Knowing someone with a chain saw and an open fire, I arrange for him to cut it up and have the wood, on a 'you do the work, you can have the wood' basis.

8 or 9 months later, he rang me to say there were some strange fungi growing on the logs (his father is a fungi expert so has grown up with them) and having just found Abortiporus biennis or Blushing Rosette growing on the dead roots in the ground, I was curious as to what it was and this is it.

Unfortuantly, I still have no idea as to what it actually is other than some people have got very excited about it, but they fired off the latin name so quickly, I missed it totally. There was also another fungus growing on it which I will post soon, if this is not the one they were excited about.

So, although not a fantastic photo, I was hoping someone out there might have a clue. It is not in any of my books, but that is no surprise, neither was Abortiporus biennis. I am also hoping that there is enough of a range of angles from this one photo that it should be obvious to those who know.

The colour is totally accurate on this one. It is one of the very few times I have used a custom white balance, taken on the day using a sheet of white paper alongside the fungi to get the correct colours eveing using the same level of fill-in flash on the sheet of paper as to the fungus. And as you will see there is garden gravel and green trees in the background to help the colour control. It was also a very overcast and dull day when I took this picture.


PS - Many thanks for Rob Brown who has provided the ID of this fungus. For more info on the fungus please click here.

Alex99, DuFrank, SunToucher, ramthakur, Robbrown, jmp, metcher, TBW, pablominto, cicindela has marked this note useful
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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-11 7:11]

Hi Emma.
What a nice and clear picture of these beautiful mushrooms. The lighting is amazing also as well as the details. sharpness, composition and DOF . BG is very impressive. Bravo and my best regards.

Hi Emma, I haven't got a clue what kind of fungi this is. They look kind of alien. Very nice photograph, very well composed! Good work!

Hi Emma
beatiful photo

Hi Emma,
I've tried to find it on a Dutch website, but this one is probably not comon in The Netherlands.
What a story, it almost made me forget I had to look at the photo too. Which is really good. Sharpness, color and light are all spot on. I really like the diagonal composition.

Whatever the fungus, it sure is attractive, Emma. You have captured the bunch of them with great accuracy. The colours are lovely and the picture is so sharp I feel like extending a hand and touching them!
Your story of the tree's history makes an interesting read.
TFS and bye.

Funky and nice Emma. The fungi are nice. But for me the WA makes this shot interesting and fun. IMHO I find the light shot in the bg a bit distracting, though, and some cloning or cropping some from the top would help.

Hi emma I think I can name this fungus in 1, have a look at these Google images http://images.google.co.uk/images?hl=en&q=rhodotus&btnG=Search+Images
The one in my books was white but the cap texture looked right so I tried google images with the name Rhodotus palmatus Wrinkled Peach and they look pretty much like yours. Aparently a good test is the ease with wich the cap skin peels off.
Not posting much because I cannt trust the colours and brightness on my system as there seems to be a problem between the monitor and the comp :0(((
hope this ident is of use yours Robert

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-12 4:47]

Hi Emma,
Lovely colors, details, lighting and composition.
Best regards, JosÚ M.

Hi, Emma.
I don't know very much of these mushrooms, but technically it's very good shot. Light on mushrooms, DOF and sharpness is excellent. The only improvement i see is in the top and has been touched already.

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2006-11-13 13:44]

It sure is a very interesting story behind this photo! Well done with the white balance job - it looks like it worked very well. Nice colours and good light.
Well done!
Thanks for sharing, both the picture and the story!

Hi Emma.
Although you say it is not a fantastic photo I find it very correct and descriptive, showing a very interesting specie which I will surely remember if I ever find it, I hope so, they are really beautiful.
Thanks very much to you and Robert for the info.
Regards, Felipe.

This is a really well executed photo Emma. The color of these fungi is just beautiful.

Evelynn : )

Hello Emma,
The mushrooms look like very delicious! So I guess they are poisonous then...
Lovely colours in this fine composition, very well balanced and with good lines...
Pablo -

An awesome story too!!!

Nice photo mine are poor, actually it really likes dead elm and has become rare in the uk for that reason. So growing on beech is quite unusual at least as far as I know


Hello Emma!
Another interesting picture. This time I especially like original composition with mushrooms seen from fea different points of view. Also the DOF and colours are nice, and the note very interesting.
By the way, how big were these specimens?

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