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Nature Never Has A Break

Nature Never Has A Break
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Copyright: Laszlo Kaposvari (Hormon_Manyer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1472 W: 308 N: 2610] (10251)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-14
Categories: Fungi
Camera: HP Photosmart R817
Exposure: f/5.6
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-21 4:57
Viewed: 5090
Points: 62
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Hi Trekkers,

Nature never stops. Not even in winter. And this is true for fungi also. Although we can't find too many species during "winter sister's reign", but there's a few which has the ecological needs of cool temperature. For example this species, Velvet Foot (Flammulina velutipes) needs temperature constantly colder than plus 12 Celsius degrees to make fruitbodies. Some other species which needs the same cold weather are Pleurotus ostreatus (edible) and Mycena tintinnabulum (not edible) to name a few from those also living on wood.

Here in Central Europe Flammulina velutipes (Curtis) Singer is the first sign of winter. Growing from late October / November to early March, always on deciduous trees, very often on living ones. Please visit mushroomexpert.com site linked above. Some more infos left from there: common on broadleaved softwood, most importantly on willow (Salix spp.), alder (Alnus spp.) and poplar (Populus spp.); rare on hardwood like oaks (Quercus spp.), hornbeam (Carpinus spp.) or beech (Fagus spp.). Beside the cold temperature it needs high vapour percentage, so mostly found on creeksides (see the common hosts!) on low altitude, rare in the mountains. A fine edible. Cultivated, mostly in China and Japan, its commercial name in the stores is "enokitake".

Some similar species: all other "LBM" (= little brown mushrooms) growing on wood have different gill color (brown of the deadly toxic Galerina marginata and the host is different, too - growing mostly on pines, rarely on beech. Hypholoma fasciculare, the Sulphur Tuft (also toxic) has dark, greenish brown gills - and very bitter taste in food). You can see photos of both these species in my gallery: Galerina marginata, Hypholoma fasciculare.
There's a white-capped version of Velvet Foot named Flammulina velutipes var. lactea (Quél.) Bas, but it's very rare. A closed and also edible relative, Flammulina ononidis Arnolds is very rare in most European countries, also fruiting at the same time but the host is completely different: living on the dead bark of shrubs like spiny restharrow (Ononis spinosa), exclusively on salty, sodic soil.

Photo: done a few kilometers from Ómassa village, in the Bükk National Park, on ca. 500 meters altitude, on a creekside. I found many specimens so I had the chance to experiment with various settings - f-stop, shutter speed, flash etc. I chose this one to post on TrekNature - and due to there was system error yesterday on TN (and TL) again, this one to TrekEarth. If interested, you can have a look on my previous Flammulina velutipes posts on TN here and here.

Thanks for reading and looking.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-11-21 5:13]

Hello Laszlo,
It's just like an answer to the beautiful picture from Bayram. Excellent work too! A picture presented with a great sens of composition, an interesting point of view from below too. Trčs beau!!
Have a nice Sunday
KInd regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-11-21 6:19]

Beautiful image of these wonderful fungi, fine composition. tfs.

hello Laszlo
super good sharpness composition with great details and nice light
beautiful colours
greeting lou

Ciao Laszlo, King of Fungi in TN, an other lovely composition with splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, i like a lot, bravo amico mio, ciao Silvio

Hello Laszlo, an excellent macro from nice point of view.
Colours and details are great. Great notes as always you did.
TFS and regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-21 7:59]

Hello Laszlo,
Great photo in very beautiful light. Amazing colours and details in a wonderful composition and environment.

Hello Laszlo,
Very artistic capture of this beautiful seasonal fungus. I like the diagonal and the low POV. Great colours. I also captured the same species last Saturday on a still alive little tree. Winter is coming! Thanks for the interesting note. Cheers,

George Veltchev

Ciao Laszlo. Very good POV and DOF. Interesting playing of light and very good details.


A wonderful low angle shot with perfect illumination Laszlo, the natural colours were reproduced perfectly here and those gills under the "umbrellas" look rather good with a nice 3-D effect. Thanks for sharing this beauty my friend.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-21 12:11]

Hi Laszlo,welcome home after a TE break..ehehe..a very different pic,very nice point of view and composition,maybe the big mushroom is a little overexposed but nobidy is perfect..ehehe....very interesting specie.Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano

ciao Ladislao!
flammulina vellutipes is a fungi for this times
pov and sharpness is so real in this nice capture

buona settimana sERGIO

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-21 12:53]

Hello Laszlo.
Outstanding presentation of these fungis with immaculate sharpness and details. Excellent POV is so very well presented here. Great image.Best regards Siggi

Hello Laszlo friend!
You have managed to compose this picture so magical! ... Good job! Also details given by the flash light, makes this a very telling picture my dear "Dr. Fungi"! Have a nice week!, TFS

Hi Laszlo. Super macro photo of these beautiful mushrooms.
POV, DOF and composition are great.
Best regards

Hi Bro, you are absolutely right that nature has never a break! even in holiday time:) I really like the lighting in this, and appreciate the fact that you achieved this by controlling your exposure. Very sharp, with nice off-center placement. Great notes as always!
TFS and have a great week!
Brotherly regards!


Hola Laszlo

Vaya pues no se que decirte de esta imagen que ya no te hallan dicho.

Preciosa en todo su concepto, punto de vista excelente, nitidez fuera de serie, colores naturales muy agradables. Una imagen simplemente bella.............

Un saludo de Antonio, y a la espera de la proxima obra de arte

Hello Ladislao
i ritratti di funghi sono veramente la tua specialitŕ e ce ne proponi sempre in forme e colori nuovi, come questa specie ritratta al top per luce dettagli e colori.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-11-22 4:42]

Hello Laszlo, fine macro shot of these more atractive mushrooms in a lovely composition with nice pov, details and colours.
TFS and G's,

Bonjour Laszlo,
L'angle de prise de vue est remarquable et la lumičre parfaite ; il n'en faut pas davantage pour permettre d'apprécier la finesse des détails d'une superbe publication bien composée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-11-22 10:51]

Hello Laszlo,
A fantastic composition showing this fine fungus from a nice low POV. Excellent light and colours and pin sharp details. A delight to look at!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

just excellent Laszlo, happy to see again your work!
best regards Nasos

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-05 2:06]

Hello László,
A superb capture of this Flammulina!
I like the way you show the gill formation in this group from a great POV as they grow from the edge of the bark of their dead substrate.
Excellent use of flash to give fine colours and sharpness without the glare.
Thanks and have a good Sunday,

Ciao Ladislao,
un'efficace inquadratura per mostrarci perfettamente le caratteristiche di questo fungo, un uso sapiente del flash che ci offre una grande nitidezza dei dettagli. mi piace molto anche la scelta compositiva.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

  • Dis. Ac. Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 5 N: 7663] (24509)
  • [2010-12-15 12:23]

Hello Laszlo,

this aer an nice shot from this fungi group.
good pov from beneath.
Fine colors, good sjharpness.
Indeed the fungi are the whole year to find.


Hello László.
This is truly splendid with the gills in vivid details.
I like the pov and how hard you tried to show us here in TN.
Thanks for sharing and the well written notes.
Thanks as well with the help to ID my mushroom.
Kind regards - Jusni

Hi Laszlo,

The winter mushroom :-) great pic and angle of shooting.
Last year I met this one in the New Year's Eve, on a tree right in the downtown of my city!
This year is a bit to cold (subfreezing now) and lots of snow, so little chance to met it, but if next week the weather warms up (as the forecast says), who knows...

Cheers, Petru

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-21 22:59]

Hi Laszlo.
What a nice picture. I am impressed with brilliant lights (flash is used simply perfectly), amazing composition of the picture and exact framing. Subject is sweet at whole and you have reflected all its charming features superbly. Bravo.

merhaba László Hocam
velvet foots really very beautiful fungus species. you great took them among crevices of old trunk. great POV/DOF and focus. coloration and vertical composition also very beautiful. good informative notes as always. Thanks for sharing.
I wish a Healthy, Happy and successful 2011 to you and your family. all the best

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-01-04 15:14]

Hi Ladislao!
What a great macro shot! Perfect sharpness and fine, impressive details!
Marvellous light and excellent POV!
Very well done my friend.
Ciao! Vanda

Hello László,

I notice the delicate details and the fine definition!
Colours are well recorded and the upward point of view shows the mushrooms from a different angle...
Great light, and it is interesting to see the place of growth..!

Pablo -

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