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My last picture...

My last picture...
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-03
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 18mm-55mm f/3.5 - f/5.6
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-18 5:16
Viewed: 3520
Points: 50
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... before I go on holiday ! Tomorrow I am leaving with my friend Daniel, we are going to the south of France with our car to do some camping ; more exactly, we will go to the "Gorges du Tarn", a region where I will have loads and loads of wonderful photo oppotunities. I am so impatient to go.

I wanted to post a last picture before going, so here it is, a picture from some weeks ago. I couldn't find any ID (my mushroom book isn't very complete) but I know we have some excellent fungi experts here on TN, maybe one of them will know... ?

I will always emember this picture - or rather the conditions in which I have taken it. I was visiting the old ruins of Wasigenstein, the last remnants of a medieval castle, at the very top of a hill. We were walking on a tiny path, just large enough for one person. At my right side, there was the impressive wall of sandstone and old bricks, partly covered with ivy, and with lizards basking in the sun. On the left side, there was the slope of the hill, very steep, covered with trees, and very slippery due to the dead leaves and fallen pine tree needles.

Then, one meter down the slope, I saw a fallen tree trunk, and on this trunk was growing one of the most beautiful fungis I had ever seen. Of course, I had to try and go down, to take some pictures.

It was quite easy to go down, in fact - crouching, holding on to the old roots sticking out from the ground, sometimes slipping a bit, I could finally take some interesting pictures from different POVs, showing all the parts of the fungi. It was very dark and the picture was quite hard to take - camera in one hand, the other hand being tightly clung to another tree - and so it is far from perfect, but the fungi is worth posting, I think, so I hope you will be able to enjoy it even if it isn't top quality.

The most difficult part was to go up again - each time I tried to climb up, my shoes just slipped on the dead leaves, on the mix of earth and sand. I went down and down, until at last I ended up four meters down, far away from the path. It was just impossible to go up again. Fotunately, I could find another path (so tiny I suspect it was made by the boars or the roe deers) who led me to the top of the hill and to the ruin again.

So, as I do not know the name there's nothing to add. I'm going tomorrow, and I will be absent for approximately 2 weeks, so I won't be able to answer your comments. I will do it when I come back.

I hope you'll like this picture, and I say a big hearty good-bye to all my TN friends !

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Hi Valerie,

Wonderful shot of this excellent fungi growing in its natural enviroment, excellent POV showing superb detail, love the angle created by the tree, beautiful colours, have a great trip, look forward to seeing some shots from the "Gorges du Tarn", all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

What a fantastic capture of an interesting Fungus, Valerie! It is so well captured I feel as if I am taking a close peek at it with my own eyes. Super camera work, and that too while you were unsteady on your feet.
Enjoyed reading your story. We nature photographers surely look nuts to 'normal' people, isn't it? :)
I wish you all the best on your holiday and look forward to seeing your new pictures when you come back.
Have a safe journey!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-18 6:03]

Hello Valérie,
A fine gill-surface capture of this fungal species growing on some tree trunk. The sharpness and colours should enable some mycologist to give this an ID, but I can't find it in my book
I wish you and daniel a great holiday in the S. of france and look forward to seeing your pics1
All the best,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-18 6:28]

Hello Valerie,
Most of all the like the superb composition and POV in this photo. Very beautiful light, colours and excellent sharp details.
Have a great time in Gorges du Tarn.

You had me worried there Valerie!
I thought you might be leaving TN
I'm glad youre not.
This is an absolutely fantastic shot although I'm not certain what it is.
It looks as though it could be a rather old Pleurotus of some kind but I could be wrong.
Someone else from Europe is more likely to know as we have different species here in New Zealand.
I hope you have a great holiday in Langudoc-Roussillon.
The Gorges Du Tarn are very similar to our limestone gorges here on the coast (see my photo here).
There may be some caves there you can visit.
Look forward to seeing your photos.
Have fun.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-18 7:26]

Hi Valerie,
a real beauty in its excellent sharpness. the gills are so in details and the colours is unique and special.
Well composed in nice colour balance.


Ciao Valerie,
magnifique photo de ce champignon (peut etre: famille Polyporaceae, genre Pleurotus, mais je ne connais pas l'espèce) prise avec une bonne netteté et un excellent point de vue, je te souhaite de passer bien tes vacances et de prendre fantastiques photos.
Merci et félicitations
Ciao Maurizio

Hy Valerie
When I saw the title, I was scared: another that is leaving? No, please! I never took pictures to mushrooms, because I considered them not "beautiful subjects" to shoot. But for example this, in this picture, I like it. The POV adds a plus to the picture. Well done and have nice trip tho south France!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-18 9:37]

Hi Valerie.
First of all I wish you nice trip to the South France. Second, you have shared a very impressive fungi picture. Especially I like selected POV and brilliant reproduction of the main subject and texture of the trunk. Composition of the shot is not ordinary and very attractive. Best wishes and come back here with lots nice shots.

Hello Valerie, fine close-up of a dragonfly with wonderful colours and details. Have a nice holiday too.
TFS and regards,

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-06-18 10:51]

Hello Valerie,
Very nice shot.. I like the fungi format and the colors... Well done. Have a safe trip!


Bonjour Val,

First of all have a nice time on Your holiday! You're right, this is a beautiful specie and You had a real fight to manage to capture this bunch. Photographically seeing a good shot, but not Your best one, due to the oof foreground (You should have hidden it with a sign, for example) and the grainy bg (no PP was done I guess). But You know, this is my paranoia. :) I give the 2 points, because I'm in "happy mood" mode now: a few hours ago I found a fungus specie in the city park which was new to me - the 31th specie which I already detected in that park.

I hope You'll read this comment and will go to holiday with knowing who is on Your photograph: Omphalotus olearius, the 'Jack-O-Lantern mushroom', unmistakable due to the color of the gills and the cap + the substrate (rotting broadleaved).

Best regards from Hungary, László

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-06-18 15:06]

Hi Valerie,
What a fine shot of this fungi.
Very sharp and clear.
Great composition.
Superb POV.

Well done,


Hi Val, a sıperb shot of these wonderful mushrooms in a charming atmosphere with excellent POV/DOF and superb clarity.
Have a nice holiday with Daniel. We will miss you MF!

Ciao Valerie, have a nice holiday, thanks for those beautiful fungi with fantastic light and splendid colors, excellent sharpness and lovely details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Salut Valérie
Très belle image pour un très beau champignons, tout les efforts que tu as fait pour le photographier en valait la peine, j'adore le point de vue et la belle luminosité
J'aime aussi la composition et le cadrage

Je te souhaite de bonnes Vacances

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-06-20 7:19]

Bonjour Valérie et j'espère que tu passes de fantastiques vacances et que les opportunités de photos se présentent à toi comme un tapis sous les pieds! Ah la la, je suis inspirée ;-)) J'aime beaucoup ta photo, je remarque la beauté des lamelles sous ces champignons, grâce à la netteté remarquable de la prise de vue. Contrairement à ce que tu dis, ta photo est parfaite, avec un champ de profondeur adéquat et une belle netteté. Merci et à bientôt!


A beautiful capture of this fungus, Val...
Very well seen, framed and presented!Have a wonderful holiday!

hi Valerie
wonderful glance and photo
TFS and have a good holiday

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-06-23 13:26]

Bonjour Valérie,
Bonnes vacances dans les gorges du Tarn!

Tu vas nous ramener de beaux clichés, je le sens!

Très belle prise que ce champignon couleur de miel poussant sur ce tronc. Un 'Jack-O-Lantern mushroom' nous dit notre compétent László! Ce nom est très évocateur!

Merci de ce partage, et à bientôt


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-06-30 8:01]

Bonjour Valerie !
Très intéressant et magnifique capture.
La description proposée est très bonne.
Laissez agréable,

hello Valerie
great picture of this beautiful fungi
great details and colours
greeting lou

WITHOUT A DOUBT... you are indeed a GREAT photographer!!!
Loved you notes.
Hope you enjoy your holiday.
P.S. My wife was thinking of visiting France, once more; perhaps, this October. We'll see you & your mom then, we hope.
Best & friendly greetings from,
Bernardete & Mario.

Bonjour Valérie.

Félicitations pour cette photographie de champignon saprophyte.

Très belle composition en contre-plongée, avec une très belle netteté et une grande profondeur de champ. Le tout nous permet, dans une photographie très dynamique, d'apprécier tous les détails de ce champignon et de ses lamelles.
Exposition parfaite et couleurs délicatement rendues.

Félicitation pour cette photographie. Je vous souhaite de passer un agréablemoment dans la région des gorges du Tarn (mais peut-être êtes-vous déjà rentrée).

A bientôt pour d'autres photographies


Hi Valerie,

yeah, you would never miss the chance to get the best point of view of something that has caught your interest and made you curious. Funny story of how you took that picture in the slippery slopes of Wasigenstein.
Well composed, well lighted, well detailed image, perfectly describing a large fungus that seems to be:

Pleurotus pulmonarius (Löffelförmiger Seitling),
considered to be edible and of good taste.

Hope you had a nice adventurous summer.
With thanks, and best regards,


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