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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas  and Happy New Year
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-24
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-24 6:21
Viewed: 6146
Points: 110
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It is too difficult to find winter shots with snow in my archive despite the fact that only week ago Odessa has been covered by snow and town life has been paralyzed during few days.

These days two monthly norm of snow has fall in the city. However, I could not take any shot because I could not go anywhere. As usual for our climate after few days the snow carpet disappeared.

Fortunately, two years ago we had nice snowy and sunny weather (only during few days again) and I managed to take few true winter shots. That is why I can congratulate all TN-members on Merry Christmas (to whom it concerns) and New Year.

My hearty wishes to prosperity, happiness and health to all of you and your families in New 2010 Year!

By the way. This is my first fungi shot here. It is funny but this is sole my fungi picture too.

I also express sincere gratitude to all for friendly and warm congratulations on occasion of my 200th post.

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Hello Alexei,

A great winter snow shot with lovely details & setting. Very nicely taken & presented. TFS.

A Merry Christmas & A Peaceful New Year to you & your family.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-24 6:48]

Hello Alex,
Very nice to see a photo a from you again. And it is a very beautiful one in excellent quality.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-24 6:52]

Srozhdestvom Kristovym my friend!
Wonderful capture this Fomes sp!
Great details, lovely colors.
Have a nice Christmas!

particular greeting card with the first and only mushroom that you've captured,really nice with the "hat" of snow!!!
wish you a peaceful holiday season with your family......
Merry Christmas Alexei!!!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-12-24 7:30]

Hola Alexei.
Merry Christmas to You too, and My best wishes for the next 2010 Years.
Lovely photo, execllent natural colors and sharpness.

Happy Christmas Alex!
splendid winter scene and photo!

Hello Alexei,
a very beautiful picture of this fungus in a wonderful winter atmoshpere, superb sharpness and bright colours.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family too.
Ciao Maurizio

Muchas gracias por tu felicitación Alexei. Te deseo que pases también unas buenas fiestas, a ser posible en compañía de la familia.
Un abrazo: J. Ighnasi.

hello Alexei
this is a super picture with great sharpness and nice colours
and i wish you also a Merry Christmas
greeting lou

Wonderful capture in a wonderful day!
Srozhdestvom Kristovym!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-24 9:25]

Hi Alexei. A very happy Christmas and New Year to you and your family. We have had very little snow so far. You were lucky to have seen this little fungi. You have taken it with good detail and your use of the light has given natural colours. i like the pattern on the tree trunk. well taken TFS.

Hy Alexei
A very fine picture to celebrate the winter season.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you also.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2009-12-24 9:36]

A merry Christmas to you too Alexei. I love your photo , a fungi with a snowy roof top , that is so very original. I think I would like to have a little harder time finding Winter ;-) Here we are lucky to get bouts of fair weather (aka Camera weather) during winter :-)


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too Alexei
Lovely shot
Excellent sharp
i like the snow on the fungi

TFS Thijs

Hello Alexei

Merry Christmas and Happy 2010 also for you, a very beautiful photo
of the fungi taking the form of a Christmas bell and with the
snow doing very beautiful Christmas time photo,TFS


Ciao Alexei, great Christmas card with lovely fungi as a bell, splendid colors, fine details and wonderful sharpness, very well done my friend, Merry Christmas to you and your family, ciao Silvio

Tanti auguri di Buon Natale caro Alexei! Razor detiails and perfect DOF. Great light. Well done.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-24 12:34]

Privet Alexei,
Beautiful post.Well seen and composed.I wish Merry Christmas and happy new year for you and your family too!
Thanks forposting..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-24 15:21]

Hi Alexei,

How wonderful to have you as my neighbor on the day of Christmas Eve. A most unusual and marvelous picture for a Greeting Card. A masterful shot and a superb composition. Colors and details of the tree and the snow covered fungus are excellent. Maybe because this is an eating time of year it reminds me of chocolate pudding and whipped cream! All the best for 2010 my dear friend.


My dear friend Alex, Thanks for this beautiful mushroom semi frozen! I wish you a Merry Christmas to you and all your people! ... Happy post 200 too! A hug!


** NOTE: I was very busy with my work, but I think I'll have more time to TN! I'm glad!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-24 15:24]

Hi Alex,i have a lot of fun seeing all the differents Xmas postcard from the TE members...and what a lot of nices and differents ideas! Your is truely nice,new and compose at the best,there is all the magic atmosphere inside! Merry Christmas to you and your family,Luciano

Hello Alexei!
Wonderful Christmas postcard! I like the climat and natural light. As for now - there is no snow in Lodz, so this Christmas are not too white, but fortunatelly we have our families and friends :)
Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-24 16:36]

Hello Alexei.
Thanks for your capture and for your wish!
Have a nice Christmas too!
Best regards Siggi

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-24 16:39]

Hi Alexei,
Благодаря прогрессу. Красивые изображения и состав!
И вы, и ваши близкие вам желаю вам Веселого Рождества и хорошего здоровья.
С уважением,

Hi Alexei,

Stunning shot of a mushroom growing on the bark of tree under snowy conditions from nice POV. Wonderful ambience indeed.
TFS. Have a happy festive season and a great new year MF!
All the best!


Hello Alexei,

for you also Merry Chrismas and an Happy 2010.
Nice card with good pov on this fungi with snowhead.


Dear Alex!

Many thanks for your good wishes and this superb picture! I also would like to wish you a happy new year and all the best! May all your dreams come true...

Kind regards


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-25 2:01]

Hola ALex,
original work, and texture...
Atlantic storm in Canaries has spent several days with strong winds and rain, very strange around here.
All the best for 2010,
saludos amigo.

Hello Alexei
a very particular winter postcard for light and colors. Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and your family.

Hi Alexei,
it's a wonderful Christmas-post - and this year it's realy a white Christmas ...
I send you my warmest greetings and wish you wonderful Christmas-days, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Alex,
Wonderful winter shot of Phellinus igniarius. We also wish You merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and of course congrats for Your 200th post.
Best wishes from Hungary, László

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-12-25 4:27]

Hello Alexei,
Thanks for greetings and I wish Merry Christmas and for Happy New Year for You.

Hello Alexei,
It is a very beautiful winter picture. Great natural colors and sharpness.
My wishes Happy New Year to you and your family!
Best regards, Leonid

Hello Alexei
very beautiful winter shot from your archive and congrats for your first fungi shot on TN, it's a great capture with fine sharpness and superb light
i like the texture of the tree bark and the shiny snow
by the way, by us, the snow is also disapeared after only a few days, while today and yesterday evening, it' raining a lot
I hope you had a great Christmas, and happy New year

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-25 21:06]

Hello Alexei, and Merry Christmas'
Congratulations on your first fungi photo. The composition is very good, the detail and color perfectly presented. You don't usually associate snow with a fungi picture, so this is something unusual and beautiful at the same time!!

Hello Alexei,

This seems to be the year when most of Europe had snow for Christmas, at least a week or so before..!
Even if this is a couple of year old it still conveys the X-mas mood so well...

And I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, White if possible!

Pablo -

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-26 6:27]

Hello Alexei,
A fine wintery capture of a species of bracket fungus taken from a great POV to show the fungus irself and the BG substrate tree with superb sharpness, colours and lighting with the snow topping being a fine touch.
I wish you all the best for the festive season and a Happy and healthy 2010!
With kind regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-26 6:30]

Hello Alexei,
I hope you're enjoying the vacation and I wish you a Happy and Peaceful 2010! I perfectly understand your disillusionment with the weather - the same here, we had lots of snow but darkness and grey skies and last night it disappeared after heavy rain! There's more snow forecast though!
This is a lovely capture where the bracket fungus looks just like a bell! Wonderful light and colours and very clear details. I like your composition too!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

Hello Alexei !
What a gorgeous winter picture this is ! I really love the combination of snow, rugged bark, blue sky and petty fungi, in the most beautiful composition, from a well-chosen POV. The colors are wonderful, too - vivid and happy, despite the fact that it is a winter picture. Very well done !

Hi Alexei
Nice shot with good details and an excellent sharp. The composition is lovely. Good light and colors, and a happy new year for you and your family.
Well done

Hello Alexei
This is realy wonderful shot that we can see a mushroom growing on a tree. Perfect composition.
Have a hapy new year with your famly.
TFS and regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-29 4:46]

Hello Alex,
Thanks a lot for your kind wishes and the pleasing winter-picture, which you found in your archives. Very original composition, the little snow-hat on the mushroom is just too cute. Perfect sharpness and composition, like usual.
I hope that you are fine and send my best wishes for a successful 2010.
Kind regards

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-29 23:27]

Hi Alex

Ok, so it is your first and only fungi shot, but that still beats me, because I have none.
Well chosen to show the "essential" Christmas snow (chuckle). The dark bark of the
tree provided a good BG to compliment the lighter coloured fungi and the snow. Btw.
you did great with the exposure control to capture the crystal like appearance of the
snow and all the fine details of the fungi.

Thanks for the kind New Years message and to you and your loved ones I also wish
a wonderful, healthy, and a prosperous 2010.

Well done MF and TFS.

Hallo Alexei
At the time you posted this image we where away at a family gathering for the Christmas and festive season. As a 1st fungi posting, I do want to congratulate you with the outcome. The colours and details are marvellous. I very much like the fine white threads at the bottom of the fungus. It is very delicate but still well seen. The texture of the snow as well as the tree's trunk is well photographed and seen. An unusual but rather beautiful image from your hand and I thank you kindly for sharing. I wish you and your family the all of the best, which you so well deserve. May you have a wonderful photographic year in 2010. Best regards.

A splendid shot with beautiful details!
A very Happy and prosperous New Year to you and your loved ones!

Hi Alexei

Happy New Year. We had a bit of snow where I am before Christmas that managed to last 4 or 5 days disappearing on Christmas Eve, but we woke to a fine covering yesterday morning (New Year's Day) which is still with us today... I understand that where we normally go on holiday to at this time of year has had a lot of snow even by their standards... hope some of it will still be there in 6 weeks time...

lovely pin sharp picture of the bracket fungus and the detail on the bark.

Take care and TFS

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2010-01-02 10:03]

Hello Alexei,
Thank you for your wishes. May God bless you and your family with his richest blessings for the year ahead.:)
congratulations on your first fungi shot. Beautiful picture of the receding snow and the sun shine. Well composed picture with good sharpness and details and spot on exposure.
Thanks for the share,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-01-04 7:20]

Hi Alexei
Due to Chrismast celbration I'm behind in my critique so sorry I had miss that one.That is a great first fungi presentationVery well composed and very original with the snow on top of it.Very sharp image with great detail specificly from the snow.
TFS and Happy new year

And a wonderful 2010 to you too.
A very well presented, detailed image of a frozen fungi.
Outstanding excellence in photography.
Warm & friendly regards from,

Dear Alexei,
a very unique pictorial approach to transform a snow covered fungus to come as a merry christmas bell to celebrate a cheerfully sunny Christmas day. A charmingly poetical work of fine beauty. Thank you may dear friend!
With all my best wishes to you,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-23 1:52]

Hi Alex,
very abstract presentation with pure white snow and well seen texture in great details. you have given a good thought about it and the notes are really exciting.
The fungus is so sharp and smoothly rendered.
Well presented in a very artistic style.


Hi Alexei, my dear friend.

I've missed your fantastic shots. And finally I'm here now and yor very nice photos still here :) Happy christmas & happy new year for you, too.

Greetings from Bursa, Turkiye

Privet Alexei,
What an interesting picture for your first ever fungi.
I like the unusual view with all the snow gathered over it, and the total control over the snow's whites.
A pretty clear and sharp image to display and show us the plant's texture.
My compliments for the pic, thanks for share it and all the best for this 2010,

Hi dear Alexei,
So nice work for Christmas,
I miss you and your nice photos.

A Peaceful New Year to you & your family
Kind regards

Hi Alexei.

This is such a wonderful image of winter captured on bright sunny day. The exposure is excellent with framing and details are flawless. I like the texture on the bark too making such a nice perspective.

Get warm in Odessa and TFS.

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