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My first Fungi

My first Fungi
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Copyright: Willie Miles (willie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-25
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony PDX10
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-11 12:23
Viewed: 6181
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My first Fungi post. Please excuse me, I know nothing about these guys. To be very honest, if it were not for the great effort and time spend by Rob Brown in searching the net for the ID on this post, it would probably never have been posted. Thank you Rob, I am eternally grateful for your help.
For those who are interested, see:


Ganoderma lucidum

Annual, sporadically perennial, consist of a stipe and a flat, rounded, kidney-shaped, eccentric plane cap; 30(50)-250(300) mm across, 20-30 mm thick; surface of the stipe and the cap glossy as if varnished, young parts reddish, cherry, red-brown, in age darker red-brown to near black; surface of the stipe and the cap uneven, bumpy, the cap irregularly concentrically grooved; growth are on the margin of the cap light coloured, white to yellowish.
Pores whitish, young speciemens get brown when pressed; fine, 4-5 per mm. Tubes (2)5-20(30) mm long, ochre, brownish; single-layered, rarely 2,3-layered.
Stipe 50-120 x 10-20 mm, irregularly bent, usually eccentric, sporadically central; darker at the cap red-brown to purple-black; rarely sporocarps without stipe, sessile.
Flesh cork consistecy, whitish, ochre, colour of wood.

Spores Spore print brownish. Spores ovoid, yellow-brown, 7-11 x 6-7 Ám.

Edibility Inedible. Causes white rot.

Habitat Rare. On hardwood (oaks and other), usually dead ones, often on stumps and roots; rarely on conifers.

Remarks Very close Ganoderma carnosum (=Ganoderma atkinsonii) grows on wood of conifers (usually fir), rarely on decidious trees. Differs with darker - mahogony-brown, brownblack colour cap and bigger spores, 10-13.5 x 7-8.5 Ám.

This was taken next to a Hardwood tree at Mica. I went out to take shots of birds early on Christmas morning and stumbled on this guy who was about the size of a tennis ball.
I hope you like it.

Shooting details
Original Photo 1152 x 864
Cropped and resized for web
Camera - Sony DSR-PDX10P
No Flash
Tripod No ( Handheld )
F/Length 6mm
F Number F/2.4
Exposure Time 1/50sec

christophe, marhowie, gerhardt, Signal-Womb, Robbrown, scottevers7, carper, Callie, miqra has marked this note useful
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You are welcome Willie, I did combine it with hunting for the name of my last post which I am still failing to name, help still required there.
this looks so much better than the preveiw copy I saw this looks good, you sem to have the white exposure well under control , some nice bg detail works for me.

Hello Willie, for a first shot of mushroom it is succeeded rather. The one here I had not ever seen it
In a friendly way Christophe

Willie, Great job for your 1st fungi post. New territory - New year - Great write-up! TFS

It looks like an egg. Very intersting topic Willie. I think you did just perfect on this first capture. Great shot.

I guess the only time Id notice something like that is if I stood on it :p No really Willie Iv learn so much on TN and seeing shots like this adds to the variety and general quality of this site which is a good thing. Good work.

Willie, Nice fungi photo. Good sharpness and detail. I have been amazed at the great quality of fungi/mushroom shots that are being posted to this site. They are amazing, and so is you picture. Great notes

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-12 0:08]

Congratulation on the first fungi. I will have to read up on White rot and I am unfammiliar with that illness.

The sharpness is good and I like the composition.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Your first Fungi Willie,
My though was" it's an egg', fun, No, serius, very good angle you took it, nice colours too, very good shot I like it

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ****
DOF: **
POV: ***

Interesting shot, focus a bit soft.
Well done.

Good sharpness and control of the whites in this one, not much noise in the photo either.
It looks like an overgrown marshmallow ;-))

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-12 15:41]

And I thought it was an elephant scull!
It looks big and mean. like most of them we normally see here. Nice shot, and info Willie.
Mooi man!

I realy like yor first fungi. Good idea, interesting note, nice pose :-)))

YES, another member joins the weird world of fungi, and with a beautiful image of a new specie in TN.
Very beautiful textures you got here, it looks as soft as a cloud :)
What is the blue texture on the ground, water with a sky reflection? TFS and welcome to FungiNature :DDD

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2005-01-18 12:13]

Very good detail, un ussual yellow mark on it, very well presented notes, well done!

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