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Hairy Cup Fungus

Hairy Cup Fungus
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-24
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-02-04 2:28
Viewed: 6087
Points: 37
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cup fungi are fungi (Ascomycota: family Pezizaceae) which produce a mushroom that tends to grow in the shape of a "cup". Spores are formed on the inner surface of this fruiting body (mushroom). The cup shape typically serves to focus raindrops into splashing spores out of the cup. Additionally, the curvature enables wind currents to blow the spores out in a different manner than in most agarics and boletes.

Cup fungi grow in peculiar shapes, frequently resembling cups or saucers. For example, the orange peel fungus (Aleuria aurantia), which looks just like a discarded orange rind. They may be vividly colored, like the scarlet cup, which is often one of the first signs of spring where it grows.

While most cup fungi are not poisonous, as with all mushroom hunting, one should never consume a mushroom without identifying it first.

From : Wikipedia

LordPotty, Heaven, uleko, Maite, Morigann, Dis. Ac., siggi, eng55, Noisette, valy67, boreocypriensis, jusninasirun, ferranjlloret, Hormon_Manyer has marked this note useful
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Hi Foozi,
Although the image is a little soft it is definitely worth posting.
I've seen pin molds growing on mushrooms before,but never on a cup fungi.
The combination of the cup shape,the red colour and the protruding pin mold would have made this a very difficult shot to get right.
Sometimes,with awkward DOF like this,it is almost better to move further back and then enlarge the shot afterwards.
Close up macros never really have much DOF.
This is still a very interesting shot though,and a first,I think,for Trek Nature.
Cheers & TFS

Hi Foozi!

I didn't know that kind of fungi and I'm glad to discover your interesting posting. The beautiful picture gives the spectator a good impression and overview of that fungi and your notes are instructive. Many thanks!

Kind regards


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-04 4:26]

Hello Foozi,
This is indeed a very interesting capture of this red cup fungus. I've only seen pin mould once myself and I posted it here :-


Many thanks for sharing this and best wishes, Ulla

hello foozi
great picture of this fungi
good details and nice colours
greeting lou

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-02-04 7:16]

Hello Foozi
Fantastic macro of this strange and beautiful fungus. Excellent sharpness and details from a fine point of view.
My compliments and best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-04 7:21]

Hello Foozi,
A fine macro of a cup fungus that has been attacked by a pin-mould taken from above with fine sharpness though the DOF is a bit shallow owing to the low light limiting your aperture, but it was good that you avoided the use of flash.
Well done and TFS this unusual image,
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-04 8:29]

Hello Foozi,
Beautiful photo of this fungi and very interesting. Great contrasting colours. Nice sharpness and a good DOF.

Hello Foozi,
Very strange fungi well captured.
Little soft but beautiful natural colors.
Excellent composition.

hi Foozi,

this specie have i never been seen before.
Good sharp macro shot with beautiful colours.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-04 11:31]

Hello Foozi,
Very good capture and nice composition of this beautiful mushroom,
Never seen it, thank you
Best regards Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-04 12:34]

Hi Foozi,
Very nice macro shot.Well seen and composed.Colors,contrast and lighting are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

hello foozi
what a strange cup fungi
the red mushroom stand out very nicely from the dark BG
great POV
very well done

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-04 14:59]

Hello Foozi !
Another great capture from you ! This fungi is really wonderful, with its bright red color, beautiful shape and I also like all these white "hairs" (or whatever it is). Details, composition and POV are very pleasant, as well as the contrast between B/W BG and red fungi. Very well done !

Hi Foozi! Good Morning!
An excellent macro capture of this wonderful shaped fungi with great details and sharpnes as weel as nice composition.
TFS and cheers,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-05 15:29]

Hi Foozi,this is incredible,i never seen and never thought at a surprise like that.Beautiful and interesting pic,excellents details and colors,your country have incredibles species!!Have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Foozi
Great picture of this fungi
Good details and nice colours
Very nice shot
Well done..TFS..

Salam Foozi,

This is such a beautiful creation. Hairy spikes are sharp in focus and looking really good on the red cup. Very good lighting and flawless framing of the subject. I like this one too and well done indeed.

TFS and have a good week ahead.

Hello Foozi,
Beautiful picture of this fungi, interesting species.Nice sharpness and fine details.
Regards. Ferran

Hi Foozi,
Very interesting specie and scene, but the contrast's too few to my taste. Yes, focus is a bit soft as Steve ('LordPotty') said - You can avoid this problem by focusing on to the square-centimeter of the fruitbody which is the closest to Your position. Done a quick WS, please have a look.
Not all cup fungi belong to Pezizaceae family - even the one You mention in Your note (Aleuria aurantia) belongs to Pyronemataceae. For example this one seems a specie from Sarcoscyphaceae family, without doubt, although I don't know the exact ID.
Not a bad photo at all, but - by my personal opinion - not Your best either.
Best regards, László

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