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Baby Christmas Tree and Mr Mushroom

Baby Christmas Tree and Mr Mushroom
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-24
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 18mm-55mm f/3.5 - f/5.6
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): FUNGI, MUSHROOMS, LICHEN - WORLD WIDE [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-23 23:36
Viewed: 4825
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
To all my TN friends, and to all those who I didn't have the opportunity to speak with yet, I offer you this picture of Baby Chrsitmas Tree and his neighbor Mr Mushroom. They live together on an old log, deep in the forest, between two villages called Dambach and Sturzelbronn. It a wonderful pine forest, covered in moss so thick that I was going under to my ankle in it - I had never seen so much moss on the same place.

Picture is not the best, maybe, but I think the baby tree looks cute even if he's a bit OOF. I like that he's small than the mushroom, usually tree are somewhat bigger than fungi, but here it's the contrary. I hope you'll enjoy it !

I wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and I hope you'll have wonderful feasts and days of happiness at the end of this year.

Juyona, horia, uleko, Noisette, maurydv, jconceicao, Miss_Piggy, eng55, Argus, Heaven, peter_stoeckl, ramthakur, Dis. Ac., ferranjlloret, sranjan, zulfu, Alex99, Hormon_Manyer, jusninasirun, iris, CeltickRanger, anel has marked this note useful
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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-12-24 0:34]

Hola Valerie,
preciosa foto,
detalles y excelente compo...
Feliz Navidad y buen 2009,
saludos amiga

Hi Valerie,

Wonderful capture in a fine composition with wonderful POV/DOF and nice details.



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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-24 0:45]

Hi Valerie

A wonderful and very original presentation and composition here from you!
I really like the micro-Christmas elements here and how well we can understand their size thanks to the parallel mushroom :) Simple and delicate composition, great DOF beautiful colors, too.

Bravo, TFS and Happy Holidays!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-12-24 1:17]
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Hello Valerie,
Lovely composition and POV. Superb sharpness and great details and colors. TFS
Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and your loved too.

Hi Valerie,
I have to agree the combination of the mini tree with the giant mushroom is great. It makes the photo very original. But as you mentioned yourself the technical quality of the photo aint the best. Actually both subject are OOF. Maybe you can still recover the mushroom by adding more sharpness on it. Besides that tech part, the composition and find are wonderful.
TFS and merry Christmas to you as well.

Sooooooo putzig, liebe Valerie, da ist Dir ein wunderbares Bild gelungen - ich liebe es.
Jetzt bin ich erst richtig in Weihnachtsstimmung, vielen Dank.
Ich wünsche Dir und Deiner Familie wunderschöne Festtage, liebe Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-24 2:04]
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Hello Valerie,
A lovely capture showing these two species 'living together in peace'! Very symbolic and I like the clear colours and details in your composition.
I wish you and your family an enjoyable Christmas and A Happy New Year too.
All the best wishes, Ulla

salut Val
Je me rappelle très bien cette journée où tu as pris cette photo, tu l'a prise pour le champignon mais tu l'a postée aujourd'hui pour le petit sapin, parce que c'est Noël. C'est vrai qu'il est un peu flou mais la composition est superbe de même que les couleurs. du bon travail

nice composition and beautiful colours!
Happy Holidays!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2008-12-24 6:01]

Bonjour Valerie, belle et originale composition, en tournant un peu autour du sujet, je pense que l'arbre et et le champignon pouvaient être à la même distance!! félicitations et joyeux Noël, Didier.

ciao Valerie!
graceful little tree with mushroom..surely some gnome in the forest has bought with the lights to decorate it......
wishes for a peaceful Christmas

Ciao Valerie,
graziosa e tenerissima immagine di questo fungo con il piccolo pino, eccellente POV basso e composizione verticale con lo stupendo OOF BG, ottima definizione. Grazie delle tue belle fotografie. Tanti Auguri di Buon Natale a te e ai tuoi familiari.

Hello Valerie,

Great capture.
Excellent composition.
Lighting and colours are fantastic.


Hallo Valerie
What a beautiful composition. Almost like David and Goliath, the one stronger and taller than the other. A very original presentation that fits in well with this time of year and a most suitable image. I see a few technical hinderings, which you also have mentioned in your notes, but that is small in comparison to the originality of this scenery, so we put that in the background and forget about it. The whole scene reminds me of a fairy tale and I was wondering if there where any elf’s or fairies hiding behind the mushroom? A wonderful presentation. Best wishes for you and your loved ones over this Christmas period.
Best regards.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-24 7:47]

Hi Valerie,
Beautiful close up.Well seen and composed.POV,details,lighting,BG and 3D effect are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-24 8:45]

A Merry Christmas to you too Valérie!
A nice and original capture of a fungus and a young Christmas tree.
Both for me represent using the old and decaying matter in the soil to rejuvenate the new: symbolic of the old giving way to the new!
So I wish a Happy 2009 as well!

Hello Valerie

I think that is the smallest Christmas tree I have seen.
A wonderful and topical post for the Christmas season.
Excellent low POV,this is the realm of the faeries perhaps.


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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-25 3:48]

Hello Valerie,
great sharpness and colour.
Merry Christmas
Health, Love and Joy

Hi Valerie!

Many thanks for your good and kind wishes and congratulations for the original and well realized picture. I hope that the new year will be full of good emotions for you.

Kind regards


Dear Valerie,
a truly creative, very charming picture, beautifully composed!
Also nice to read the well told notes describing a wonderful Alsacien fairy tale place of deep forests covered with thick moos.
All my best wishes to you and your family for beautiful days of Christmas and a Happy New Year!
With best regards,

Buen enfoque al motivo y una bella composición. Buena luz y colres. Mejoraría con un poco más de profundidad creo.
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

An eye-catching but simple image of a mushroom alongside a newly born 'Christmas Tree', Valerie.
You have chosen this image with feelings for the festive season. I like it very much.
I take this opportunity to wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hello Valerie,

Nice chrismas picture with the little tree and fungi.
beautiful colours.


Hola Valerie,
Una bella composición has conseguido, con unos bellos colores y buen fondo.
Saludos. Ferran

Hello Valerie,
I agree with Anna "David and Goliath, the one stronger and taller than the other". Excellent composition & POV.

Beautiful shot of a very simle subject. Good colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.

Wonderful capture in a fine composition with wonderful POV/DOF and nice details.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-12-28 1:15]

Hello Valeri, beautiful image of a mosshroom an d a baby pine:) with nice composition. i also wish you a wonderful New Year.
TFS and G's,

Ciao Valerie, lovely Christmas card, beautiful composition with wonderful light and colors, fine details and splendid blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Valerie

very soft picture
i like the composition
nice colours

greeting lou

Cute! I really like this photo, the mushroom is sharp and the bokeh is good.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-09 12:12]

Hi Valerie.
I think the key point of the image is its subject. You have selected it perfectly. This cute pair is looked nicely. And you have reproduced their beauties very well too. Smooth colourful BG is wonderful supplementation for these creatures. Bravo.

Bonsoir Valerie,
The most important thing in photography is the photographer's visuality. Big congratulations for this image: idea behind the pic, great exposure, nice focus (I don't feel the fungus oof) and DOF. A real Christmas present (although I know I delayed with Christmas messages...).
Seems like an old specimen of Mycena sanguinolenta.
Tfs, regards from Hungary, László

Hi Valerie,

Very well seen subjects in contrasting colors. I like the well controlled exposure to get the sharpness and details as desired. The silenced background is areal plus here,

TFS and best regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-12 1:59]

Hi valerie,
this fungus shot is reallt lovely. uit has a friend to talk to. nice discovery in the surrounding. Well composed in great clarity. You background too is well muted to enhance the beauty of the shot.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-22 20:58]

Hello again Valerie,
A creative composer would find life and compositions in the least likeliest of places..and you do it with elan and ease ...with an eye for the little things of nature that is a pleasure to look at.When you write about the moss covered forest i can well imagine the scene and where thes two friends I apprecite the train of thoughts you share where you compare the little Christmas tree with the taller fungi.The tree long and the earth floor you have captured in the composition adds a rustic texture.
Very well done and thanks for sharing.


Hello Valerie,
Superb work with wonderful sharpness and great details and colors!

Best regards, Leonid

bonjour Valerie

sur les thumbnail mon oeil va à l'image en premier,
ensuite sur le titre, ta photo du thumbnail sans lire le titre
j'ai aimé et cliqué pour ouvrir, une fois que j'ai vu la photo
en grand format et lu le titre j'ai partis à rire, très belle image
avec un titre amusant et approprié, prise par une excellent POV
à la hauteur des sujets, belle luminosité, excellente netteté et détails, TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-02-12 4:42]

Bonjour Valérie,
Il fallait avoir l'oeil pour voir cette scène charmante! Ton choix d'un angle de vue très bas est excellent et le magnifique arrière-plan vert crée une ambiance poétique.
Une image très plaisante.
Un grand merci

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