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Laccaria sp.

Laccaria sp.
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-12
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/8, 1/10 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mushrooms [Chapter 2], Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia (Spain), 40-49 Points (Chapter 5) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-02 8:31
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
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Basidiomycetes > Agaricales > Hydnangiaceae > Laccaria

Here we have three colourful laccarias growing in winter along the side of a forest path. As I said before, this are very difficult to Id., so I will just talk about laccarias in general.

Info from mushroomexpert.com:

"Laccaria species form a fairly easily recognized group of white-spored mushrooms. The gills are thick and waxy, and are usually purple, pinkish, or (Caucasian) flesh-colored. The cap colors range from whitish to, more commonly, orangish brown or reddish brown--while a few species are purple. Laccarias are never slimy, which helps in separating them from the waxy caps, and their gills are attached to the stem but do not run down it, helping distinguish them from species of Clitocybe.

Laccarias are mycorrhizal, forming symbiotic partnerships with trees. There is evidence that at least some species of Laccaria may serve as pioneers in disturbed ground or de-forested areas that have recently begun the long road of ecological succession that leads, eventually, to a "mature" ecosystem. Thus, for example, several species of Laccaria are frequently found in young pine plantations.

No species of Laccaria, to my knowledge, is known to be poisonous--but none is considered a very good edible, either. The most munchable-looking mushroom in the genus is probably the eastern Laccaria ochropurpurea, which is usually given fair-to-middlin' ratings in field guides. I have not tried it. Laccaria fraterna, a mycorrhizal associate of Eucalyptus, should definitely not be eaten, since many eucalyptus-loving mushrooms make people sick.

Laccaria identification is frequently a fairly easy matter of carefully observing the mushroom's ecology and visible features--but I hasten to add that there is a catch: you must, in some cases, have fresh, young specimens available in order to judge the color (whitish or lilac) of the basal mycelium, since the purplish fuzz notoriously fades to whitish, often doing so fairly early in development. Microscopic analysis is required in order to sift through a few species clusters, and includes spore morphology and "prong counting" (determining whether basidia are two- or four-spored)."

Hope you like!

F8 - 1/10 - Diffuse flash - On the ground.

thistle, liquidsunshine, TAZ, carper, AndyB, kokonike, Signal-Womb, red45, Motrem, hummingbird24, chiliu, Janice, sway, momos, Luc has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To AndyB: Thanks, about the 60mm macro.extramundi 5 07-02 22:31
To red45: About hidden for a year.extramundi 1 07-02 16:55
To fungiman: Thanks and about ID.extramundi 1 07-02 16:47
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Great shot Felipe!
I love the POV and colours. Details are razor sharp and the light perfect.
I like it very much.

Superb shot Felipe,
Nicely composed, sharp details and colours. Perfect BG, DOF and POV. Nicely exposed.
Excellent capture, thanks for posting

Très belle photo et note très interessante.
Bravo !

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-02 12:43]

It's a good photo Felipe,
very good composition, great light in it, fantastic pof and an exelent dof, very good photo, my compliments for it,
gr. Jaap

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-02 13:47]
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Hello Felipe,
Excellent shot of these fungi.
The lighting from the diffused flash is excellent,the colours and detail are superb.
A very well composed shot with great DOF.
Great work,well done!

You'll enjoy the 350D,I'm looking forward to seeing your work with it.I'm trying to get the new canon 60mm macro lens for mine but its out of stock everywhere I try :-((

Colours, comp and objets are very good. I like it very much. Well done. TFS.

Brilliant capture Felipe, love the low POV with the towering mushrooms. The colour is most unusual and the water drops a nice bonus. I believe you are getting a DSLR. I can't really see you getting any better results than your getting now. No doubt you will prove me wrong. Very nice work.

Nice POV, maybe not quite enought DOF as the frount edge looks a little out of focus.

I am surprised your notes mention that they are hard to ID I dont find them a problem very distinted spiny spore seperate them from all other look a likes.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-02 16:15]
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Hail to the Master :-)
What I can say Felipe... Everything is superb on this picture. And you hid it for half of a year? Why!?? These fungi are amazing!

I find them magnificent at feet of this green bundle. Very beautiful composition with magnificent colours, details are striking, it is very successful.

Je les trouve superbe au pied de cette touffe verte. Très belle composition avec des couleurs merveilleuses, les détails sont frappants, c'est très réussi.

Excellent photo!
Superb sharp image,great colour,perfect compositin.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-03 3:15]

Dainty looking mushrooms Felipe. Good POV from the ground, making them look tall and lean. Well composed, excellent colours and lighting with sharp details. Well done.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-03 5:47]

Fantastic colours. I like the low angle you have used to look up under the fungi.
Focus A+ Detail great.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-03 11:04]

Superb > in my favorites ! I like very much this wonderful composition ! Good point of view, great colors and details, nice BG with droplets ! Thanks for sharing Felipe.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-07-03 12:10]

Wspania³a fotka Felipe.
¦wietna jako¶æ zdjêcie , super kolorki i ostro¶æ. Very well done.

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  • momos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 57 W: 55 N: 171] (705)
  • [2005-07-04 14:37]

Πολύ ωραία φωτογραφία Felipe. Μου αρέσει η γωνία λήψης. Η λεπτομέρειες φανταστικές. (gr)

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-07-04 17:22]

Muy buena composicion y preciosos colores. Los detalles son increibles. Felicidades.
Saludos Toni

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-05 9:35]

Hello Felipe!
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

Great image Felipe and pleased to take the points to the 40 mark, it is well deserved. Awesome colours and fine detail, well done, regards, Rob

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