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The parasol mushroom

The parasol mushroom
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Copyright: Maciej Gaweski (maaciejka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 82 N: 4427] (27117)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-01
Categories: Fungi
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepiotoidas (Lepiotoid fungi) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-11-12 1:54
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The parasol mushroom (macrolepiota procera). This picture was taken in Belina near Wloszczowa in south of Poland. This is an area when in Autumn there are a lot of eatable fungi (e.g. this year). I love to go to the forest and look for them (like many people in Poland). My wife can make very delicious cutlets from this fungi. The parasol mushroom coloquially is called "sowa" in Polish what means "owl" in English.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The parasol mushroom (Macrolepiota procera) is a basidiomycete fungus with a large, prominent fruiting body resembling a lady's parasol. It is a fairly common species on well-drained soils. It is found solitary or in groups and fairy rings in pastures and occasionally in woodland. Globally, it is widespread in temperate regions.
The height and cap diameter of a mature specimen may both reach 40 cm, a size truly impressive for the fruiting body of an agaric. The stipe is relatively thin and reaches full height before the cap has expanded. The stipe is very fibrous in texture which garners it inedible. The surface is characteristically wrapped in a snakeskin-like pattern of scaly growths. The immature cap is compact and egg-shaped, with the cap margin around the stipe, sealing a chamber inside the cap. As it matures, the margin breaks off, leaving a fleshy, movable ring around the stipe. At full maturity, the cap is more or less flat, with a chocolate-brown umbo in the centre that is leathery to touch. Dark and cap-coloured flakes remain on the upper surface of the cap and can be removed easily. The gills are crowded, free, and white with a pale pink tinge sometimes present. The spore print is white. It has a pleasant nutty smell. When sliced, the white flesh may turn a pale pink.
It is a very sought after and popular fungus in Europe, due in part to its large size, seasonal frequency and versatility in the kitchen.
The parasol mushroom is difficult to mistake for any other, especially in regions like eastern Europe where the poisonous look-alike Chlorophyllum molybdites does not occur. Nevertheless, as with picking any fungus for consumption, caution should be exercised at all times.
The parasol mushroom may be eaten raw. It is popular soaked in butter. Only the cap of fresh specimens is considered edible.
In central and eastern Europe countries this species of fungi is usually prepared similarly to a cutlet. It is usually run through egg and breadcrumbs and then fried on a pan with some oil or butter. Served with white bread, it makes a delicious meal of summer and early fall.

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Hello Maciek,

youre my neigbour and also with an fungi.
Good of sharpness, pov and dof.
Fine colours.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-11-12 2:50]

Hi Maciej,
Very good photo of this Parasol taken in a hard lihgt, TFS!

Ciao Maciek, wonderful strange fungi, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-12 5:05]

Hi Maciej,this beautiful sunny day and your choice of light position are the best way to capture and show us this strange and beautiful mushroom whit the best sharpness,great point of view and perpsective too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-12 6:19]

Hallo Maciej,
Bardzo interesujaca struktura tego kapelusza od bardzo popularnego parasola.Popularny ale bardzo smaczny szczegolnie jako kotlet smarzony.Zdjecie z bardzo dobra ostroscia i kontrastem.Pozdrawiam Siggi

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-11-12 9:14]

Witaj Maciek,

You chose a very well angle, perfectly detailed.
Sharpness and clarity are wonderful, lovely colors too.
Excellent composition nice picture. TFS.

Have a Nice weekend,

Good capture of this parasol mushroom, friend Maciej ! The use of f/5.6 is great and the dept of field seems fantastic. Beautiful natural colors and pleasant composition. The brightness/contrast curve can be slightly adjusted, but that's a question of personal taste in my opinion! Have a great weekend Maciej !
George Veltchev

Bonjour Maciej,
Trs belle valorisation du sujet dans son environnement.
A bientt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hola Maciej

Vaya qaue pedazo de hongo, extrao y original al mismo tiempo. Una imagen bien configurada con buena nitidez y POV excelente.

PD. Gracias por el comentario y por el taller que has hecho, ha quedado muy bien tratado, ya sabemos que con ganas se pueden hacer las cosas mejores.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hi Maciej,
This is realy very interesting mushroom. The colours and sharpness are nice. Great composition and . Well taken.Best regards .TFS

Witaj Maciek,
You show the well-known Parasol from quite an interesting angle. No PoV problem this time. :) Great sharpness and exposure, you handled the harsh lights quite well. Absolutely good job, one of your best ones. Bravo. Let me add your shot to my theme "Lepiotoidas".
Friendly regards, Lszl

this must been very big, I find few years ago three together, the biggest was 30cm almost round

ciao, tino

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