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Fungal patterns
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-31
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, Digital ISO 100
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-01 7:39
Viewed: 4366
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I liked a lot this fungus, I found it very beautiful. If you touch it looks like hard wax, it had a plesant texture and with this "organic" look it was really surprising.

There is a lot of species in this genus and limited info about them, so any help would be welcome. It is growing in a oak tree, so I thought about a Peniophora quercina, but I am not convinced at all.

The Corticiaceae are a group of basidiomycetes that, on a macroscopic level, look a lot like a splash of paint on wood. Up close they can be strikingly beautiful.

The corticioid fungi are important in natural ecosystems as decomposers of wood, recycling the nutrients and minerals in the wood and releasing them over a long period of time--- sometimes several hundred years from a single large down tree--- where they can be used by other forest organisms. Many species can also act as mild to severe pathogens of living forest trees. In addition to their scientific and ecological interest, some of the species are highly regarded by mycophagists (e.g. Laetiporus sulphureus, the sulfur shelf or chicken of the woods, and Grifola frondosa, hen of the woods, sheepshead or maitake). Many polypores can be used as natural dyes for wool (e.g. Phaeolus schweinitzii and Hapalopilus nidulans). Several polypores are used in oriental herbal medicine, mostly in making tea-like extracts, including Ganoderma lucidum (reishi), Polyporus umbellatus, and Grifola frondosa (maitake). The polypore use that holds the most potential benefit for people is probably in biotechnology. In addition, some of these fungi are highly valued by biotechnologists because of their wood-degrading (and especially lignin-degrading) abilities.

I found this info HERE. There is an excellent read about this kind of fungi.

Hope you like!

1st.: ISO100 - F9 - 1/5 - Minitripod - Manual
2nd & 3rd.: ISO100 - F5.6 - 1/8 - Minitripod - Manual

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Hello Felipe and Cristina!
When I saw this picture for the first time I really did not known what it is :)
Very good macro and interesting details.
The idea for interesting picture as always was great :) I really like this micro-labyrinth :)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-01 9:46]

Hola Felipe y Cristina,
Preciosa foto de este hongo de aspecto de sesos. Técnicamente perfecta y estéticamente atractiva presentación.
Saludos, José M.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-01 10:04]

Hello Felipe and Cristina,
Very interesting captures of this "brainy" fungus. It's amazing what you find! Excellent sharp details and a fine presentation.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-04-01 12:01]

Hi Felipe and Cristina,
really very beautiful presentation,
it was a good idea to match three different sizes together.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-02 5:46]

Hi Filipe

This looks like a surface of a smart man's brain :))
Indeed a very interesingly looking texture and i'm sure it also feel cool by toutching it :)
The photos here are definitely original as well as the presentation.
The closer magnification level gives it a interesting look, too, and somehow makes it real...like if you put your hand on the screen, you'll feel it :)
Great work!

Bravo and TFS

Hola Felipe y Cristina,
Cada vez me sorprendes sus puntos de vista - mostrándonos los detalles ocultos de las hongos y setas.
Saludos, Shir

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