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Puffy Fellow

Puffy Fellow
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Copyright: Lori Cannon (LCannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 137 N: 804] (3107)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-19
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5700
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-20 21:27
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Points: 6
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I found this little guy, he was only about 1 inch tall, on the Two Chiefs trail near Table Mountain. I have no idea what kind of fungi he is, but I'd never seen one of these before. I tried a shot just holding my camera, but they all turned out blurry, sooooo down on my belly on the dirty, muddy trail to make sure I got a clear shot of this tiny fungi.

I only hope some of our "experts" can give me a name for this interesting find.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-06-21 1:36]

Very sharp and detailed image. Great DOF and exposure. Looks like some sort of puff ball to me. We have them growing here in Ohio, but ours don't seem to have all the creases in them like yours.
The ones I've seen are usually more smooth, this one reminds me of a brain. This one also looks like it has tiny spines on it which I'm not sure of. Hopefully someone will be able to clearly identify it for you. TFS.

A wonderful puffball of some sort with good colours and nice and sharp. I might have used a different POV and got some of the immature ones into frame better. There is nothing better then getting down and dirty with your fungi :)

Hi Lori,

Very nice macro shot of the nice puffball. Great details. About ID specification: it surely belongs to Lycoperdaceae family, probably it's an old specimen of Bovista pila, but I'm not sure.

Back to tech: the fungus and its details are great, but the background's a bit grainy. You can avoid this problem by using gaussian blur selectively to the bg with Your software.

Most of the great fungi photos were being done from the mud. :) In order to have a great capture sometimes we have to lie down. :)

Tfs, have a nice Sunday, László

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