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Ear Fungus


Ear Fungus
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-18
Categories: Fungi
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-10-25 16:57
Viewed: 3222
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ear fungus also called Jelly Ear or probabley politically incorrect Jews Ear but this is the name reflected in the latin name (Auricularia auricula-judae).
It is a fungus that prefers to grow on dead wood of elder berry trees (Sambucus nigra) but has been known to grow on other broadleaf speices,it does not seem to matter if the wood is still on the tree or on the ground. Found though out the year but more frequently over winter and into spring.If the weather is dry it will shrivel up but the moment it rains it will re-hydrate again.size wise it is upto 8cm across and is usually seen in clusters which can become multipull layers.
This is an edible species not that it tastes of any thing much. This and A. polytricha is used in east Asian / chinese cookery or so I read.
Taken in the small woodland at the bottom of my mum's garden, it was very late in the evening so flash had to be used under the dense foliage cover of the other elder and hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna).
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Shadows amount 39% tonal width 44% radius 16px.
Highlights amount 48% tonal width 49% radius 16px
USM 128% X radius 1.8px X threshold 2
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To ornis: A anecdote about itJeanMichel 1 10-26 08:34
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Ohh grosse! This looks like a wax sculture of an ear. Edible you say.. :-| Technically nothing to critique here. Strangest fungi I'm seeing here on TN. Fabulous.

tres jolie le comme champignon,
cela ressemble a un champignon utiliser dans la cuisine asiatique...
le fond noir est t'il d'origine ? ou est-ce une retouche ?
le bois mort, la mousse et ls goutes d'eau sont des petits plus qui font que la photo n'est pas banale ;)
nice donne.

This is definitely a unique fungus. I like the black background that you were able to achieve by taking this photo at night. It looks like there might be a spider web inside of the ear?

Very nice work Robert. A most interesting variety this - lets see, I like "jelly Ear" that's very well shown & lit. Like these night shots of fungi, especially these goopy - drippy kind..Just in time for Halloween hey!

Good one Robb.'Jews ears'are pretty common here and seem to grow on almost anything,even in the forest on native hardwoods.Our main species is A.polytricha.(In case you haven't guessed,I've just done a certificate in horticulture,specifically tailored for nursery work).I've found trees with hundreds of these on,going for metres up the trunk or branch.Look out for my pictures of them soon.
(BTW,have identified Ranjiths flower)

Very nice shot Robert. The colours work great here and the cropping is very good. Looks like the ear need some cleaning ;-).

Ups - out of points, back tomorrow.

Well, Bob, your fungi shots give me the desire to go and look for some in my neighbourhood. This one looks like a piece of art! Very good progressive and even lighting, beautiful colors, enhanced by these green moss spots. Dark background puts your composition well in front.
I've posted an anecdote for your information (read "to Bob", instead of "to Ornis"!)

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-26 10:05]

I need some of these to stick on the side of my kids heads :) This is a great composition and the moss adds to the impact.

Thanks for posting

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-26 10:16]

Good one Rob, very odd fungi, I've seen a few and it's a shame it not possible to post how it feel to touch. I like this alot.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-10-26 10:24]

Ces champignons sont surprenants et jolis. Bon cliché où le flash est bien maîtrisé.
Well done !

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-31 13:35]

Robert
VERY nice, this lookslike an annimation character in a large cape. ood, tectures and colours very nice on the diagonal twig/branch.

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