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Hygrocybe rubrocarnosa

Hygrocybe rubrocarnosa
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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: 2009-03-12
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand Fungi, My favourite naturescapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-13 5:24
Viewed: 4270
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another of the beautiful fungi that can be found both in native broadleaf and nothofagus (beech) forests throughout New Zealand.
I found this one yeasterday on our walk at Coal Creek near Runanga.
There are several bright red Hygrocybes:This one,Hygrocybe rubrocarnosa, a similar one but with whitish gills,Hygrocybe firma, and a much smaller and darker one with a indentation in the top of the cap,called Hygrocybe miniata.

They are often not easy to get sharp since they are nearly always found in low light conditions,and digital sensors don't seem to pick up these particular tones of red very well.
I used my little LED headlamp to give this one extra lighting,and was quite pleased with the result.

Behind the fungi and to the right,you can see the erect branches of a common type of lichen, most likely Cladonia pityrea.

Here is some more information about the Hygrocybe from Clives website 'The Hidden Forest'

Species: Hygrocybe rubrocarnosa (Stev) HK.
Common Name: None
Found: Broad-leaved Forest
Substrate: Ground
Spore: White
Height: 75 mm
Width: 30 mm
Season: Early Winter
Edible: No

Hope you like the photo.
Thanks for viewing.

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Hello Steve
I think you are staying closeby where they make the movies for children about elves and dwarfs and all that kind of stuff. This colourful fungi belongs in one of those movies. To me this is really something special and has great character to it. Details are displayed well and the greenery that surrounds this vividly coloured "mushroom" adds a special oomph to this image. The colours compliment each other well, and your great photographic skills brought it out to its best. Thanks for sharing this fairytale image.
Kind regards.

I'm glad your Panasonic Lumix is still intact, Steve. It is a good camera, going by the quality of this macro image of a beautiful fungus.
You have used your headlamp with great skill and it gives the picture a pleasant kind of tone. The fungus is in sharp focus and the surrounding vegetation makes a very authentic background.

Hi Steve
Great capture of this very colourfull fungy, the sharpness of your photo is impressive and colours very natural
Well done

hello steve,
this fungi is beautiful, the colours and the contrast is very good, i liked the details and the texture very much, pleasing composition and its good to see you posting regularly inspite of broken camera, keep on the good work,
tfs & regards

A very striking close up Steve, with that attention begging scarlet mushroom perfectly in focus in the midst of lichens and what not in rich green tones, a beautiful forest floor capture indeed my friend, TFS and cheers,

Namastay Steve,
A nice capture of this beautiful red fungi. Excellent composition with the mosses. Superb sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Steve, another fantastic mushroom in Your collection. Looks great- dark red on this green moss which by the way looks very nice too. Fine lighting and composition. TFS,

Hi Steve,

An exceptionally attractive image! The colors, textures and shapes of the mosses alone would make a fascinating image, but with the red mushroom thrown in for good measure, it becomes an amazing image. Well done!


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-03-13 10:43]

Hello Steve, excellent macro shot of this beautiful mushroom.
TFS and G's,

Really Great capture Steve! The textures on the cap are amazing! I like the composition, DOF, and lighting on this scene! Yes, those Cladonia looks like they will be soon fruiting into the "British Soldier/Lipstick Cladonia that we all know.

hello steve
beautiful composition
full of nice colours
great sharpness
beuatiful fungi
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-13 13:26]

Hello Steve,
Another very special mushroom. The environment is gorgeous. Excellent sharp details and very beautiful contrasting colours. Fantastic composition.
Have a great weekend,

Hi Steve,
Excellent macro capture of this red mushroom which i have never seen before from nice POV with excellent details and nice composition.
TFS and have a nice WE!

Sometimes your photos bring back memories...this one in song "I think I'm turning Japanese" an old song with an enigmatic meaning:-) Very cool for something that looks over baked but only natural! HA!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-14 8:34]

Steve,What a color. Reddish and composed superbly. Ganesh

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-14 20:39]

Hi steve,
lovely red among thegreen, that ia the shot you displayed here. Lovely ans unique. The clarity and details, the dampness and moist environment is not only seen but can be felt too.
excellent presentation of the fungi.


NB: Yes, the figs in my post is not consumed by human. They are a bit itchy, but the animals can stand it.

Hi Steve,
Hygrocybes are always make a photo colorful. Your shot's a perfect example of this. You captured it very well, cap texture and details are simply beautiful, and the use of Your headlight instead of flash was another very good idea (again). Bravo.
Thanks for Your fungi art and the interesting note as always. Friendly regards, László

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