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devil's snuff-box

devil's snuff-box
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Copyright: pedro anahory (anahory) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 0 N: 229] (1377)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 30D, Sigma 150mm Macro 2.8 Apo
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-05 11:33
Viewed: 3297
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The gem-studded puffball or devil's snuff-box (Lycoperdon perlatum) is a moderate sized puffball mushroom with a round fruiting body, tapering to a wide stalk. It is off-white with a top covered in short, spiny bumps or "jewels".

When mature, they become brown and a hole in the top opens to release spores which are released in a burst when the body is compressed by rain drops, a touch, falling nuts, etc.

These puffballs are a choice edible when young, but become inedible as they mature.

Three features distinguish this mushroom in its edible stage from the later, mature stage, and from other mushrooms:

The white, spiny looking exterior with "gems" or "studs" which are soft and detach when manipulated.
The outer shape is rounded and tapering, often pear-shaped with no openings visible.
The inner structure is uniform, soft and pure white when the mushroom is immature and edible. Forms with mature spore bearing tissues are are yellow to olive on the interior.
If the inner strucutre is hard or contains gills or an inner stem, then it is not the gem-studded puffball, and may be poisonous—potentially even deadly. Caution and a good field guide are advised when experimenting with any wild mushrooms.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-05 11:58]

Hi Pedro.
You have pictured a very nice specimen. I have never seen anything similar. It is reproduced perfectly. We can see all its smallest details at beautiful (I think natural) colour palette. It is looked near the colourful leaves nicely. Deep dark BG is suitable for this scene nicely. My best wishes and TFS, dear friend.

Preciosos detalles, los colores son magníficos. Una presentación original.
Interesante comentario amigo, Un saludo, JL.

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