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Wax & moss

Wax & moss
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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: 2005-10-23
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/6 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-10 15:02
Viewed: 4658
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think this might be a Hygrocybe of some kind, but did not find the conviction on my books :)


Waxcaps have been described as the orchids of the world of fungi. They are often startling in colour from reds, oranges and yellows to whites and browns. They can smell of honey or less pleasantly rather nitrous. They are usually found in grasslands here in Ireland (although also in woods) and are one of the groups of grassland fungi that are now recognised as excellent indicators of ancient unfertilised grassland...

...These species are sensitive to the application of artificial fertilisers, especially those containing phosphorus. It may take a considerable time for fertilised sites to be rehabilitated even if managed positively for nature conservation arguably making grassland fungi better indicators of ancient unfertilised grasslands than higher plants.

The great unknown however is just what these species are actually doing in the soil. They seem linked with mosses, but, if that is right, how? A recent paper points to some possible answers based on stable isotope analysis. Stable isotopes of Carbon (13C) and Nitrogen (13C) occur naturally and work looking at the patterns of 13C and 13C enrichment in ectomycorrhizal and saprophytic fungi have shown quite different enrichment patterns. When Waxcaps have been looked at, preliminary work by Griffith et al, has shown them to have very different patterns from both ectomycorrhizal and saprophytic fungi. They are more depleted in 13C and more enriched in 13N. Clavarioids and Geoglossaceae are even more different, but Entolomas are more typical of saprophytic fungi. This could mean that Hygrocybe spp., Clavarioids and Geoglossaceae could be deep humic decayers rather than normal surface litter decayers. The fact that Entolomas are more typical saprophytes supports the idea that sites good for Waxcaps are not necessarily good for Entolomas.

I found this info HERE

Hope you like!

F:8 - 1/6 - Manual exposure - Tripod

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Hi you two,
a wonderful POV, so low and looking up to the mighty funghis. They seem to be very big from this POV. I like to see the light shining through them, very good shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-07-10 15:33]

Hi Felipe ! Excellent shot of these mushrooms ! I really like the contrast between the brown fungi and the green moss in the BG. Excellent POV showing the underside, and making them look huge. Wonderful details and composition too. Very well done !

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-07-10 16:37]

Hi Felipe. Wspania³a fotka, doskona³e kolory i super ostro¶æ. Kadr te¿ OK. ¦wietnie zrobione.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-07-10 17:06]

But I can see some dead ferns in the BG Felipe! Now, did you stop and photograph them? No???
These do look quite waxy. Good composition with the trio growing out of the ground all together. And especially in amongst the moss and ferns!! Well done,

Hola Felipe y Cristina.
Otra increible foto con una composicion perfecta y una buena definicion y rxtraordinario colorido.

Hermosa foto de tu especialidad, los hongos. Muy buena composición, con los helechos y musgosllenando la imágen. Por aqui desgaciadamente salen en el pasto y no tenemos relieve ondulado como para tomarlos más de abajo.
también he visto que... le has pifiado en la categoría, la ubicaste en insectos ;).
Un abrazo

PD: Me estoy actualizando con los hongos

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2006-07-11 3:05]

Hello Felipe,
Perfect capture.Excellent POV,details and sharpness.Very well done!
Thanks for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-11 3:33]

Hi Felipe!
Another beauty from microforest! This time I lot composition most. Dried ferns, fresh mosses and main subject look very good together. Fungi looks like some kind of candy or something similiar, again :-) Very nice, natural colours and light. As always, very interesting note. Great post.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-07-11 4:01]

Hi Felipe,
interesting fungi, good composition, colours and sharpness. Well done photo.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-11 8:11]

Hello Filipe,
very nice close up of this funghi. Great POV, it allows a nice view to see the details underneath. Colors and sharpness is excellent.
Very well composed and framed.

Very attractive waxcap and view at a great angle. Exposure is wonderful and contrast with green moss is very nice.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-11 8:47]

Hi Felipe,
A very interesting shot, great POV, nice light givign a clear view. A shot with a lot to look at, great work. Interesting note too, although it kind of says you are in Ireland :-)

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-12 11:38]

Well Felipe and Cristina, back to the mushrooms!
Very good POV!
By here everything is dry...and too hot for this time of the year.
The hot if so high that "almost burn" the wings of the butterflies!
Excellent on details too!
5* and TFS!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-13 6:06]

Beautiful and interesting shot for this mushroom ! Composition, colors, details, exposure and sharpness are very good ! Congratulations and thank you for sharing picture and note which give to me enjoyment.

will definately photo the underside of the very next fungi i see...cheers and thanks for the advice
i was drawn to this for the waxiness..its so ...tasty looking
i see the black ones on the moors which you can eat...puff balls..etc..
will look for them next time i am up there
god bless

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  • keko Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 10] (170)
  • [2006-07-20 14:41]

Felipw, Cristina,

bellísima foto, con un uso excepcional de la luz para enfatizar la textura del sombrero.
Seguramente se trate de una Hygrocybe, pero yo no descartaría que fuera una Cantharellus aurora o lutescens.
Gracias por compartir.

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