<< Previous Next >>

Beauty Lies In Fungus I

Beauty Lies In Fungus I
Photo Information
Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-07
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS, Raynox DCR-250
Exposure: f/5.6, 3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-10-08 14:32
Viewed: 3577
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot from yesterdays walk in Zdrowie Park. This one is probably one of very small Mycena.

To see real size of this fungus see my workshop.

What is a Mycena?

Mycena is a large genus of small saprophytic mushrooms which are rarely more than a few centimeters in width. They are characterized by a white spore print, a small conical or bell-shaped cap, and a thin fragile stem. Most are grey or brown, but a few species have brighter colors. Most have a translucent and striate cap, which rarely has an incurved margin. The gills are attached and usually have cystidia. A few of the species exude a latex when the stem is broken, and many have the odor of bleach.

Mycenas are hard to identify to species and some are distinguishable only by microscopic features such as the shape of the cystidia. Some species are known to be edible, while some are known to contain toxins, but most of them are not known, as they are too small to be useful in cooking. Mycena cyanorhiza stains blue and contains the hallucinogen psilocybin and Mycena pura contains the mycotoxin muscarine.

Thirty-three species are known to be bioluminescent, creating a glow known as foxfire. These species are divided among 16 lineages, leading to evolutionary uncertainty in whether the luminescence developed once and was lost among many species, or evolved in parallel by several species. The evolutionary purpose of the glowing is uncertain.

There are 232 species identified in Alexander Smith's 1947 monograph about the genre, and the genus is now known to include about 500 species worldwide. Maas Geesteranus divided the genus into 38 sections in 1992, providing keys to each for all the species of the Northern Hemisphere. Many new species have been discovered since then, and four new sections have been proposed. Taxonomy is complex, as most sections are not truly homogenous, and the keys fail for some species, especially those which may satisfy some criteria for only some of their life cycle. Some sections contain only one species.

Usefull links:


Juyona, MMM, uleko, LordPotty, cataclysta, keanhoon, cedryk, Janice, SelenE, Silke, Hormon_Manyer has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
IDHormon_Manyer 1 07-12 03:51
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

belle présentation,champignon commun, mais de bonne couleurs, bien vu merci a toi

  • Great 
  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-10-08 14:34]

Bonjour Grzegorz,
Quelle beauté que ce champignon. Les couleurs et le BG est parfaits.
Merci, Roger

  • Great 
  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-08 15:09]

Hola amigo,
precioso trabajo,
delicado y sensacional fungus,
bello bg, é iluminación...

  • Great 
  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-08 16:44]

Beautiful composition.Excellent POV and lovely colors.The image is very sharp and the light is outstanding.
TFS Michel

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-08 22:37]

Hello Grzegorz,
Beautiful and simple presentation of this tiny fungus. The lovely shades of colour in the background make it stand out very nicely. I like your framing too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Wow Grzeg,you've done a great job of photographing this tiny Mycena.
Your workshop shows just how minute it is.
Reading your notes.I particularly like the sound of Mycena cyanorhiza.
I'm quite fond of Psilocybin ::))
Great job!

Czesc Grzesiu
Piekne elegenckie zdjecie. Czarno biala kolorystyka, delikatny odblask na kapeluszu. Fajna notka. Wszystko tak jak byc powinno :-)

Great, you managed to present a simple mushroom in a fantastic way. Cropping and framing are good. Exposure is nice too.
Best regards,

No rzeczywiscie elegancki egzemplarz :-)
Pieknie oswietlony i swietnie wykadrowany.

  • Great 
  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-10-09 2:52]

This looks very elegant Greg! Quite beautiful really. Well composed and framed, and such tender details - BRAVO!

  • Great 
  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-09 8:25]

Superb composition with well-handled light and a very fine frame

  • Great 
  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-10-09 11:53]

Hi Grzegorz,
If I didn't look in your workshop, I would have thought that this mushroom was huge! That's incredible! Great composition and POV.
Very well done!

Hello Grzeg,
Absolutely fantastic macro. Very precise and as Janice said, elegant. Big congratulations. WS is informative, too.

Otherwise, are You sure this is a Mycena? I think this belongs to Panaeolus genus, although everything You wrote about Mycenas are right. Except for this mushroom on the photo is a Mycena.
Tfs this great image, best wishes from Hungary, László (Wladyslaw)

  • Great 
  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-10 0:26]

Hi Greg,
Composition is very elegant. I liked the color tones a lot. TFS
Best wishes,

Calibration Check