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Elephant's Droppings Fungi

Elephant's Droppings Fungi
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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: 2009-05-22
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor AF 50mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-22 4:08
Viewed: 3440
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A week ago I have to travel to the East coast of Malaysia. I have to cross the main range via east-west highway rich with rainforest. Along the road there elephant crossing signboard. I prayed hoping to see one and capture it. I have been using this hiway a few times and have seen a few elephants. But I was not ready with the camera. Quite dangeraous situation and narrow passage.
but what i have seen are fresh droppings. On my way back, still Im hoping to see one. Luck was not with me. So I decide to shoot the droppings. Luckily this few days dry droppings was special. there was a fungi on it. The cap was shiny and the gills were black.
hope you like it.

boreocypriensis, maurydv, Pearl, Argus, Royaldevon, jconceicao, Noisette, Hormon_Manyer, valy67 has marked this note useful
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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-05-22 4:29]

Hi Foozi
A different and interesting fungi. Nice composition.Good sharpness.

Hi MF Foozi,
A stunningly beautiful macro capture of this interesting-shaped mushroom from wonderful low POV with neat details and fine composition.
TFS and cheers,

Hello Foozi,
a splendid macro shot of this fungus, POV and composition are excellent, very good sharpness and beautiful natural colours, very beautiful light.
Best regards

hello Foozi
very particular glance, interesting result, clarifies the scene
very fine photo

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-05-22 7:32]

Hello Foozi,

Lovely capture of this fungi. This is one of a kind as i have not seen one like this before. Good details, lighting and sharpness. The tones and colors and also the notes are very nice.The POV and composition is wonderful with a nice OOF BG. TFS.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-22 7:40]

Hello Foozi,
A fine capture of the forces of nature breaking down droppings. It isn't only insects but also fungi that play their part in recycling waste products. Here you have taken an excellent photo of this fungal species in fine lighting and superb sharpness.
I wonder if this species is specific only to elephant droppings.
Thanks and best regards,

This is a lovely macro witha lot of detail.
The note is very interesting too, Foozi.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-23 1:11]

Hello Foozi,
Beautiful photo in beautiful light. Great natural colours. Excellent sharp details in the fungi. Good composition and low POV.

Hello Foozi,

Isn't Nature' wonderful!
Everything is useful!
This is well captured with sharp focus, good contrast and a fine dof.
Your off-centre composition is fine.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Foozi,

Excellent capture of this interesting mushroom.
Beautiful colours with fantastic details.
Lighting and composition are great.
Good notes.

Hello Foozi
great shot of a beautiful fungi, his shape looks like a parasol at the beach
nice composition and wonderful colors and sharpness
Have a nice sunday

Hi Foozi,
A very good shot of this fungi.
It looks to be most likely a Panaeolus species (or it could maybe be a hallucinogenic Psilocybe sp.)
A great capture anyway.

Hi Foozi,

Well composed and exposured shot, very interesting. You can see how the elephant's droppings may be more interesting than the animal itself. :) I have no idea what it is either, but Steve's right Panaeolus, Psilocybe and also Psathyrella species (with the same habit as on Your pic) are often growing on animal's droppings, for a few species only one kind of shít is acceptable: for example Psathyrella beroliensis is exclusively growing here in Europe only on the shít of wild boar (Sus scrofa) and is very rare, although the animal specie is quite common in our forests.

Congrats for the great shot and the interesting note, cheers, László

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-05-25 23:26]

Hello Foozi !
This is such an interesting picture, showing that in Nature, nothing is lost, everything has its own use - even elephant droppings ! :-) You have captured splendid details and textures on the mushroom's cap. I also like the light falling on the mushrom, the natural colors, the composition and the POV. Very wel done !

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