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Luminescent mushroom

Luminescent mushroom
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Copyright: Emmanuel Boitier (emmari) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 387] (3105)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-27
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm f/2.8 D
Exposure: f/10.0, 30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-14 17:17
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 50
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I don't know the exact name of this mushroom, but seeing it in the rainforest at night was one of the most amazing experience I had never done.
Hope you like it.
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WOW. Again something new to me. Learning through photography...

Gorgeous. A rare view of bio-luminescense in action. The detail is wonderful as is the green glow. Well done.

Hi Emmanuel
I've never seen before a thing like this. Very interesting. I cannot believe in my eyes. Is that true? Well done it. Bravo!

Hi Emmanuel

What a great colour. Visually impressive! Nice work.

Excellent work
good long exposure has really brought this out well.
I've seen luminescent fungi before, but never a green one!
Well done TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-15 3:50]

Felicidades, y buen disparo por esta original mushroom. saludos

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-12-15 4:30]

Hello Emmanuel,
this is an amazing phenonemum which I've never seen, or heard of. Beautifully captured!

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-15 6:02]

Hi Emmanuel

What an amazing capture of this incredible Funghi, I would love to see a forest covered with these as I could imagine it would be an amazing thing to see, superb detail and the luminous green is excellent. I've been searching the net to see if I can see a shot of a forest of them, not found that yet but think they are called Mycena lux-coeli.

Thanks for Introducing
Hilary :o)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-12-15 7:59]

Bonjour Emmanuel,
Etonnant vraiment, ton champignon. C'est véritablement une lumière presque céleste qui éclaire ce champignon. (Cela me rappelle les petites figurines phosphorescentes de Lourdes qui enchantaient mon enfance). Excellente photo aussi.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-15 10:05]
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Hi Emanuel

This is most interesting! Was it really luminescent? WOW! I had no idea this was possible at fungi...
Anyway, your capture is fantastic, the details and colors are excellent, considerring the conditions, and the contrast is impecable.
Splendid composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2006-12-15 12:18]

Hello Emmanuel,
Amazing capture of a subject many of us will never witness. Thanks so much for posting this, Rick

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-15 12:46]
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Hi Emmanuel,
Really a magical mushroom. I agree with you about the great experience to see that at night. The shot is impressive!
TFS, José M.
I'd like to know if the aspect of this mushroom was similar to the photo or the actual light was lower. I'll try to get one photo of another lumniscent musthrooum. What ISO have you used?

Bonjour Emmanuel,
Increible foto. Seguramente nadie pueda olvidar semejante experiencia. Me gusta mucho la composición y el correcto tiempo de exposición.

Marvellous document, Emmanuel.
Technically a masterpiece, a strikingly clear documentation of bioluminescence for the naturalists, and a unique piece of art of mystery, silence, and beauty.
Thank you.
Best regards,

A great capture, of a most amazing subject.
Congratulations for this find, and for the shot.
Regards, Felipe.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-17 15:36]

Hello Emmanuel,
I've experienced the terrific sounds of the rainforest in the dark but to see this as well must be fantastic! Very interesting!
TFS, Ulla

Hi Emmanuel,
This is fantastic - amazing - WOW
Really impressive and interesting mushroom. I have heard about these but never saw them before.
TFS - Shir

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-19 15:23]
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Hi Emmanuel

Wow, what a brilliant capture. I have heard of people seeing pink elephants after eating certain mushrooms, but surely this must be pushing the psychedelic hallucinations a tad. Your camera has captured something which only should have been visible to the human eye after consuming some of the fungi or should we accept that 'seeing is believing?'

I like the way Peter Stoeckl described this phenomenon, "a strikingly clear documentation of bioluminescence". Isn't that just remarkably descriptive of this amazing 'light fantastic' feature? This posting really lives up to the TrekNature mission namely, "Learning about nature through photography". I for one have learned a great deal here as I have never known that this kind of manifestation is possible.

It seems the ID that Hilary Wilkenson (Hil) provided might be correct. I surfed the web using the name she provided and found this site Mycena lux-coeli. Here are a couple of very interesting and supportive photos of what you have shown us in your posting, especially the photo right at the bottom of the page where one can see a number of these mushrooms together, in the dark.

Through the F/10 aperture you have captured incredible details and the time exposure has wonderfully brought out the luminescent qualities of the plant.

Quite extraordinary work and TFS.

Hi Emmanuel,

good photo, congratulation!
I don't agree with 'loot' and 'Hil' about ID; this isn't Mycena lux-coeli Corner because this specie always has a campanulate cap, with edge never horizontal, differently from what we can see in your photo.
Instead, this is Mycena chlorophos Berkeley & M.A. Curtis, another bio-luminescent fungus, wery suggestive.
I like it, thank you for sharing.


Wow is the only thing I can say. what a find and what a catch. Nicely done and something new has been learnt by a lot of people.


Nothing to add to the many great comments here, other than thanks for sharing this example of bioluminescence, which I had never seen before. Your 30 sec exposure really worked, and the results are very impressive.

Wow! Another cool luminating mushroom. These are really cool, and thank you for sharing this incredible wonder. :)

Vraiment très étonnant ce champignon, pas comestible je suppose, sous peine d'obtenir des excréments luminescents. (désolé)

WOW! That is an incredible photo. I lived in Vanuatu for 15 years and didn't know about these.

Great photo Emmanuel.

Hi Emmanuel,
I've heard and read about some Mycena species in the tropical region which are fluorescent in the dark, but practically this is the 1st time I can look at it. Thanx for the enjoyment and congrats for the great capture.
Best wishes, László

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