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Green Waxgills

Green Waxgills
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-16
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
Exposure: f/8, 2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand Fungi [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-06 10:36
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another late fungi shot,taken back in June,which is really winter here.
I always have difficulty deciding whether these green waxgills are Gliophorus viridis,or Hygrocybe stevensoniae
So often,they seem to have characteristic of both.
I'm reluctant to say which these are,but I can safely say that they are green waxgills as both H.stevensoniae and G.viridis are green waxgills.
They are reasonably common in mixed native and beech forests in the autumn months from March to May,and sometimes a little later.

A fairly average shot,but I was in a hurry that day.
Hope you like them.

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Hello Steve,

Take a break. go to Mother Nature and shoot a couple of nice mushroom pictures for us (-: Thats real wax, translucent and beautiful green color. The BG is great. Thats just the enviroment where the grow. Excellent. I believe the weathercondition whre very wet???

Thanks for sharing and TFS BOB

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-06 11:24]

Even though it is a winter shot, there is a feeling of freshness an vigour in this shot Steve.
Not just the the freshness of the green waxgills, but the greeness of the mosses and the plants add to the feeling that your winter is still a time of growth, be it slowed down.
The composition and lighting add to this feeling. I like the low POV that must have made you a bit damp.
I fine image that gives us N. Europeans a small insight into the antipodean world and I thank you for that!

I like the exposure, DOF, and color Steve..
These waxgills look almost like they should be "mint" flavored :)
Well done,

An excellent macro of these green waxgill mushroom which i have not seen before. Details anc composition is wonderful.
TFS and cheers,


As I see your almost psychedelic colours and then think back at your note to me...I wonder...I knew Ken Kesey..I knew the whole gang..I also knew Owlsey...he was the character who passed out all those tabs back when it was legal...and my best friend was a "snitch" shame...what a generation and no wonder you love colours so much...I cannot partake due to mental issues..but if it were another life... A fine image of colours as only a "knower" can see!

PS...O also know as BEAR has lived in OZ for along time now...look it up it would be fun for you! He has cancer and thinks it may be some veggie he ate as a child..his humour still is the same:-)

Average shot or not Steve, I like the POV, composition, and the gorgeous translucent caps. TFS


What hits me strongly in most of your pictures is the damp and richly vegetated earth on which these life forms find growth and sustenance, Steve.
These delicate and brittle looking green fungi are part of the well-integrated whole. They grow, mature and then return to the same earth they grew from.
It is a kind of sight I rarely see in my life now and I love it. It sends me back down the memory lane to my childhood days in the early fifties when the Himalayas were still pristine and unspoilt and sights such as this were quite common.
Thanks for this soothing picture as I begin my day today.

Hi Steve
Looking at these strange fungi it's hard to believe that fungi are more closely related to animals than plants. Their mossy surroundings make me wonder if they have developed the green colouration as camouflage.
I can see from the camera settings just how dark the conditions must have been, and you've done well to avoid a noisy shot.
Kind Regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-07 1:50]

Hello Steve, Looking a green mushroom for the first time. nice environment. Ganesh

Hi Steve

NZ has the best fungi.
I love these green guys and you captured well, I bet it was cold up there that day.
Good composition and sharpness


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-11-07 11:40]

Hi Steve,
i went out the other day lookng for fungi and mushroom, but i think i'm too late in the season, and certainly didn;t see anything like these...just don't look real...
Anyway, composition wise, this is bang on the money mate, really. Exposure and low POV are also both very good. Top work.

Namastay Steve,
a nice capture of these beautiful green fungi. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Steve,
Very subtle picture with no harsh exposure or bright colors. Very simplistic and delicate. Also somethinh that I have't seen before, not even close, this is very differenr to my definition and understanding of a mushroom.



Ciao Steve, lovely fungi with splendid green color, I never see before, thanks, great focus and beautiful light, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Steve

A remarkable capture of these green fungi.
I have never seen green mushrooms like this in the field.
Well focused showing lots of detail.
The colours are rich and well saturated.


Hello Steve,

Fantastic photo of this interesting mushroom.
Beautiful colours with excellent details.
Light, focus and sharpness are splendid.
Good notes.

Oooohhh, I've never seen such strange fungis, Steve, I like the colour and the whole arrangement. Thanks, very well seen and captured
Sabine - wishnugaruda

  • vorpal Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 13] (48)
  • [2009-03-23 20:32]

These two Emeralds of the forest look simply Wicked Steve! The transparent Caps remind me of one of my favorite candies, Lime Lifesavers, lol. Composition, DOF, focus and lighting are Great!

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