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Purple Mushroom

Purple Mushroom
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-30
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/29.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pretty - Perfect - Picture, My purple obsession 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-06 22:19
Viewed: 10083
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While on vacation in New York I spent a day hiking trails and trying to capture some images to share here on TN. Rosie and I and most of our family spent a week in the Lake Chautauqua region just north of Jamestown.

I spotted this little purple mushroom growing amongst the leaf litter on the damp forest floor. It was very dark in this section of the woods so I decided to use a flash in order to bring out the color and detail.

After concurring with my good friend John Denk I believe this is type of Cortinarius. I checked in my ID book and the closest photo I came up with was a Viscid Violet Cort. I have learned that without spore samples it it really hard to confirm any ID 100% of the time.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-08-06 22:24]
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Hi Ron
Excellent shot of this lovely mushroom!
Details and colors are wonderful.
About the ID.....we have here specialist!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-06 23:00]
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Hello Ron,
this is a wonderful mushroom. I like this picture very much. Brilliant colours, very good sharpness , this is a very nice composition. Best regards Siggi

Hi Ron,

i doubt about this specie, h looks on it but... my english are not good enough to explain why not.
The glimming head missed by you.
The most fungi are so difficult to determinate.
good low pov with good of details and fine colours.


Hello Ron,
Beautiful photo of this mushroom taken from a great POV. Splendid colours, the use of flash was very good. Excellent sharpness, details and composition.

Great find Ron, the purple head really stands out in the "leaf litter" of the forest floor here.
Well composed frame, nice closeup detail..
Have a good weekend & thanx for your encouraging comments on my birds :)

Hello Ron.
I think John is right, this one is a cortinarius, most probably a Cortinarius iodes.
It is a nice capture, with great use of flash, good focus and DOF and lovely composition.
I would have removed the little stick which seems to be touching the cap of the mushroom, which disturbs a little bit for my personal taste.
Thanks very much for this specie, I think it is the first time on TN, as far as I remember.
Regards, Felipe.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-07 16:53]
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Hi Ron,

I knew immediately that this was NOT taken in Arizona!! I have never seen a purple mushroom before. The color is beautiful - great use of the flash. A wonderful macro with fine details. By the way, is this an edible mushroom?


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-08-07 19:37]
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Hello Ron,
very superb clarity with good colours and sharpness. Very natural presentation with purplish cap and sharp trunk. Good brown leaves that offers a special contrasting background.


Hi Ron,

That's a really nice image, shows the mushroom in its environment really well. Good depth of field showing the complete fruiting body in good focus too. This is turning out to be a good year for mushrooms here, hopefully a good one by you too.


Dear Ron,
Thank you for showing this REALLY poisonous looking Fungus.

If I had not looked at your portfolio and seen how meticulous you are about natural colours, I would have thought you played around with photoshop. I do not know anything about fungi and never imagined, that they exist in such an extravagant colour!

I like VERY MUCH the layout of your photo, showing the viewer the habitat, in which you found this interesting specimen.

In the area, where I live at present, fungi do not grow at all, it is much too dry. However, I am about to move to a house adjacent to a dam - and I am sure - I shall see some fungi there, though I doubt to find a purple one (I do not even possess a Fungi Book).

Thanks again for this extraordinary view and also for your interest in my landscape photo of the Escarpment.

Warm greetings

Good morning MF Ron,

What an interesting looking, especially in colour, mushroom.
I think it is not edible since such kind of colouration are generally accepted as alarm colours?
Perfect use of flash and great DOF MF!
TFS and have a nice day!


Hallo Ron
An absolute delightful viewing pleasure has unfolded in front of my eyes upon opening your image. What a lovely "picture". Details of this beautiful purple fungus is bright and clear and well displayed. Everything is just "pretty". This is an ideal photograph for a lounge or entrance to a study. I really like everything in this photograph but especially the wonderful arrangement of different subjects especially the dried leaves scattered around the mushroom. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Ron,
Beautiful image of - probably - a Cortinarius. In this genera you can't make a proper identification without microscope and chemical reactions. Great flashlight management, nice compo, excellent sharpness - this is what the doctor ordered to me for winter. :) Remarkable post. Bravo.
Friendly regards, László

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