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Blue Entoloma

Blue Entoloma
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-25
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO 200, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/27, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at Trek Nature part Four, My Trips to New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-05 5:19
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At the end of April I went for a week’s holiday to the south island of New Zealand. There I met up with fellow TNer Steve (LordPotty) and he kindly spent a few days showing me around some of the spectacular forests from this part of the world. Then after a long day driving and photographing I was treated to a delightful evening meal prepared by his partner Kay and her children. So I dedicated this shot to Steve, Kay, Maddie and Andre and thank you deeply for making my visit to New Zealand a tremendously enjoyable experience.

This is the Blue Entoloma (Entoloma hochstetteri) a member of Family: Entolomataceae. Steve had found a good population growing in beech forest at Arnold River Reserve, a 20 minute drive from Greymouth on the west coast of the south island. I was simply amazed to walk through this forest and find these beautiful blue fungi popping up everywhere. It was a great forest and produced numerous colourful species, but it was these guys I had come here to see and I was not disappointed.

The Blue Entoloma only occurs in New Zealand, though it does apparently have a close relative in Japan. They can have a stalk up to 80mm and cap can be up to 50mm wide and grow in a variety of broad-leaf wet forests. The colour can vary from blue-grey to an intense bright pastel blue.

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stunning fungi, amazing colour captured very well. Great composition and POV. really good work. regards h

A blue mushroom is a novelty for me, Chris.
You had all the time in the world to make this lovely composition because the subject was not going anywhere in a hurry :-).
Beautiful colours and a well thought of composition.
Steve and his family do deserve the dedication of this lovely picture to them for their hospitality towards you.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-05-05 5:52]

Hi Chris,

A colorfull fungi,I guess I never seen a colored version like this,well captured with the low POV,well composed.tfs


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Hi Chris,
Welcome back my friend! I hope you had good time in your holiday. An interesting and ver impressive capture of this beautiful mushroom. I have not seen before a blue one. TFS.


Hi Chris
Beautiful mushroom about blue colour, it attracts attention thanks good contrast with surroundings. Interesting foto very, all on one's place, super.
I greet Robert.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-05-05 10:30]

Hi Chris

The coolest little blue toad stool I've ever seen. What a fabulously beautiful fungi. I know there are amazing fungi to be found, but this one surely must be somewhere at the top of the list as far as spectacular colour and sheer good-looks go. It stands out like a sore thumb between the darkish and richly coloured materials of the forest undercover.

The incredible aperture at f/27 at this closeness was quite sufficient to ensure excellent details on the subject, but it was still narrow enough to render the BG well OOF and this really helped to 'pop' this fungi out of the frame. The composition is great with the fungi at the one side and giving ample room to show the surrounding habitat on the other side.

I am sure Steve and his loved ones will appreciate the dedication tremendously. Apart from the fact that Steve is a great chap they also deserved it after their hospitality and friendliness.

Well done and TFS.

Hello Chris,
Extraordinary fungi. A novelty for me.
Well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-05 11:35]

Hello Chris,
What a fine capture of this amazing bright blue fungus amongst the leaf litter. Very beautiful and sharply in focus. A lovely composition with fine details and in beautiful colours. Well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello Chris,

An unusual colored fungi.
Great colors and composition.
I have been seen these specie never before.


I am "blue" with envy this time :)
Always amazed with this impressing specie, I wish I could ever see it in real life.
As usual very well captured, thanks very much, MF.
Regards, Felipe.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-05-05 12:24]

Hola Chris,
original trabajo y color...
buen pov y encuadre,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-05 14:10]

Hello Chris!
Great to hear you met up with Steve and his family! Looks like you caught his mushroom-bug too :-)
A very fine capture of this stunning mushroom!
The colour of it is incredible!
Great composition and low-down POV.
Brilliant flash-work!
Well done!


Hi Chris,
Glad you got home safely with some good shots.
This one certainly came out well. They are so hard to capture really clearly and with the full depth of blue.
I think the correct common name for this one is the Blue Pinkgill although I've never heard anyone use it.
Oh ... it was the Arnold River by the way ... you've got it mixed up with Arthurs Pass in the mountains.
I took all the kids up to Arthurs Pass and the Bealey Valley in the Weekend so I have a few pics to post from there too.
Thanks for the kind dedication.
Kay and the kids are chuffed.

Hi Chris!
Great mushroom photograph. Good composition and interesting species. Intensive blue gives a nice contrast with dark background.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-06 6:55]

Hello Chris,
An incredibly beautiful blue fungus standing out so well against the dark Notofagus forest floor sharply caught thanks to the use of tripod and the right camera settings in the poor light.
A real beauty and thanks for sharing it, Chris,
Regards, Ivan

Hello Chris
This is a stunning mushroom, never seen it before!
Excellent photo with good compo and sharp details
Well done

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-05-07 12:10]

Hello Chris,

I missed this amazing fungus. Such a colour! Great composition and sharpness.

Hi Chris,
Fantastic composition and colors, You show us the perfect way what we most probably will never see by ourselves: this famous endemic NZ fungus.
Everything's excellent on the photo, except for that unsharp little branch on the bottom. You should have removed them, I think. Otherwise a perfect image, and perfect dedication to our Friend "LordPotty". Tfs.
Greetings from Hungary, László

Wow, I would go out of my mind if I found one of these, absolutely one of the most amazing-looking mushrooms ever. I'm quite partial to blue and purple fungi, find them to be especially attractive for some reason.



Hi Chris,
First time i see a blue mushroom !
Very good composition colours and focus,
very good choices !

very beautiful

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