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Birds Nest Fungi

Birds Nest Fungi
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Copyright: des hoi (deshoi) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 2 N: 65] (322)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-30
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Pentax K20 d, Pentax F 100/2.8 macro
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-01 3:35
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Points: 6
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Cyathus stercoreus are Birds Nest Fungi belonging to the family Nidulariaceae. The small cup-shaped light-brown fungi are shaggy when young, losing some of the woolly texture as they mature, and typically grow on herbivore dung or manure enriched soil. The specimens I have seen have been up to approximately 6mm wide at the top by 10mm high.

As the fungus matures, the flat top splits and peels to reveal smooth, grey, flattened and roughly circular packages which contain the spores. These packages are called peridioles, and somewhat resemble eggs in a nest, hence the common name of Birds Nest Fungi.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-01 5:11]

Very fine fungi-picture. These are really special kinds of mushrooms and they have a funny name. Beautiful vertical and diagonal composition and fine natural colors.
Thanks and kind regards

Hi Des,
great macro of these very strange fungi. Good sharpness, colours and composition. Very well done.

Hi Des,

Beautiful macro of a Cyathus specie which was unknown to me, probably being an Aussie specie exclusively. Wonderful focus and sharpness, although it's a pity the specimens in the background are partially cropped off a bit.
Tfs this interesting specie, and at the same time I wish You and Your loved ones a happy 2010. Best regards from Hungary, László

PS: sorry, I have no more points left for today.

Hello Des.
Interesting capture.
Good macro and nice details in yours photo.well done.
Friendly regards.Alin.

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