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Jelly Fungus

Jelly Fungus
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-02
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma DG 17-70 mm f 2.8-4.5 Macro 1:2.5, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/1.25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-02 9:46
Viewed: 3069
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I had some free time this morning, so headed out early to the New Forest, with the idea of trying to shoot some Fungi and Mushrooms. The conditons were pretty good, with a thick, grey cloud cover providing some excellent filtered and even light, albeit a bit dark so some fairly long exposures were required.
I've probably left it a little late in the season and we've had a couple of frosts too, but i managed to root out some quite interesting specimens.

Here is what i am pretty sure is a 'Jelly Fungus', but i can't seem to find a definitive ID, although a likely candidate is Jews Ear. If anyone knows for sure, i'd appreciate a positive ID. Whatever it is, it's a bit strange, but then i guess Nature comes in all shapes and sizes, like us..

The jelly fungi are diverse and complicated, representing an entire subclass (the Tremellomycetidae) of the Basidiomycetes. Identification of species often hinges on microscopic examination, and things are further complicated by the fact that it is often difficult to transport a jelly fungus home in "examinable" condition, to say nothing of the difficulties encountered with trying to dry and preserve specimens.
Some of the jelly fungi are edible--notably, Auricularia auricula, which is a staple in some Asian cuisines--but they are for the most part unappetising and difficult to cook (they tend to liquify in the pan).

Thanks for looking..

Alex99, jconceicao, eqshannon, vanderschelden, nglen, kmr13777, LordPotty, horia, Miss_Piggy, uleko, JORAPAVI, goldyrs has marked this note useful
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Hello Paul,

Excellent photo of this interesting mushroom.
Good focus and sharpness.
Lighting and composition are fantastic.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-02 10:44]

Hi Paul.
I am out of fungi and mushrooms at all. In our family nobody did not like to collect mushrooms. We also have not forests. However, shots of these subjects are great as well as yours. So pictorial scene and amazing quality of the image. Details are ultimate. Colours are fine too. Well done. Bravo.

Fascinating...in a way it looks like the fungus or lichen which we actually grew and then drank fluid from it...seriously..it was an old hippie fad here..ok now I went to find it in Wiki:\
The culture contains a symbiosis of Acetobacter (acetic acid bacteria) and yeast, mostly Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Candida stellata, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Torulaspora delbrueckii and Zygosaccharomyces bailii. The culture itself looks somewhat like a large pancake, and though often called a mushroom, or by the acronym SCOBY (for "Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast"), it is clinically known as a zoogleal mat.

Great shot none the less!

Nicely composed and an effective high point of view, Paul.
Good presentation.
Well done

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-02 11:33]

Hi Paul. I have never tried to take pictures of Fungi you have done well with this one . I can not help with the ID . But as you say it looks like a jelly. You have used what light was about to give good detai land rich colours. well done TFS.

They look very much like common birds nest fungi with the covering membrane still in place, but I could be wrong. A well captured image though.


Hey Paul,
Good use of a tripod and the available light. Excellent exposure and colors. Also a very interesting not!!



Hello Paul,
Impressive shot wich reveals very well the structure of this strange fungus. The sharpness is really excellent. Best regards,

Hi Paul,
I liked Bobs likening of it to the Kombucha culture.I used to drink that stuff too.
I think what you have here though is possibly Ascocoryne sarcoides which you can see in a post by Felipe (extramundi) Here
It seems to take a few forms depending on where it grows,but yours looks very much like it.
Its a really good shot of it by the way.
Perfect exposure,great colour and sharpness.
A great post!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-02 21:14]

hi paul,
very good species of fungi, nice capture, some more greens would have given much needed contrast. tfs.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-03 0:28]

Hi Paul

I see you've been out fungi-hunting, eh? Interesting...
Were there still some beautiful fall colors in the New Forest?

Anyway, this is a nice capture, mate!
I really like the texture of these fungi and the way that contrasts with the moss...it makes such an attractive thing to look at. And it really does look like jelly :))
Very beautiful colors and well controlled light, too (especially if you say it was so dark there).

Bravo and TFS

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-03 1:24]

Hello Paul, nice info and good presentation. Good focus and clarity. Ganesh

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-11-03 2:27]

Hello Paul
Excellent macro of these curious fungi which I had never seen. Very good sharpness, lighting, colors and composition and very interesting note too.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards

Hello Paul
I do not know anything about your subject, but I must say this is rather spectacular. Very interesting looking and certainly an eye-catcher. The contrast between the colour of the fungi and the colour of the green background is realy special. I like what I see.
Lightning and sharpness is a great A+.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Paul
I'll stick my neck out and say I'm pretty sure this is Beech Jellydisc (Neobulgaria pura). Nice capture despite the awful light we had this weekend. I like the mossy setting too.
Kind Regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-04 12:33]

Hello Paul,
This is a fungi that I've not come across yet! Checking it in our 'library' I'm sure Vinny's ID is correct. It's a very fine capture in good light and showing great details and nice colours. I like the surrounding mosses too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-04 13:52]

Hi Paul,
fab shot of these fungi.
The composition is great!
Excellent DOF.
Sharp and crisp.

Well done mate,


p.s something went wrong with my last critique to you... the rest of it went like this:

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Hola Paul,
Bonita foto de esta especie de hongo que contrasta muy bien con el fondo verdosos del musgo, excelente nitidez, buenos detalles. La especie creo que se trata de la Neobulgaria pura. Saludos
José Ramón

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