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In The Virgin Forest pt. II.

In The Virgin Forest pt. II.
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Copyright: Laszlo Kaposvari (Hormon_Manyer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1472 W: 308 N: 2610] (10251)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-17
Categories: Fungi
Camera: HP Photosmart R817
Exposure: f/5.6
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Fungi of Hungary, FUNGI, MUSHROOMS, LICHEN - WORLD WIDE, Ascomycetes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-24 3:36
Viewed: 5261
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Full title: In The Virgin Forest pt. II. - The Sensation or Into The Local Myco-History pt. III. - choose what You prefer...

As said in the note of my previous post, on 17th of May we, with some of my member mates in our Fungi Association of Miskolc + my father, visited the Virgin Forest in the Bükk mountains,a 24-hectares protected area where sylviculture wasn't done at all from the 1830's and where the average height of the 200 years old beech trees is 47 meters.

Although there's drought here, so we walked more than 20 kilometers to find 15 fungi species - but this one was worth all the effort. The ascomycota on the pic is a false morel specie, Gyromitra parma, and after 1996, 2002 and 1st of May 2009 it was the 4th detection of this specie in Hungary (the last 3, including ours, happened exactly in this forest).

Data sheet of the specie (source: the species list of our Fungi Association of Miskolc:

Scientific name: Gyromitra parma (synonym: Discina parma)
Common English name: no
Apothecium (fruitbody): when young, "cap" shape like cup or disc, surface wrinkled, reddish brown or yellow-ish brown.
Stem: height 30-50 mm, thickness 20-30 mm, wrinkled at the base, light brown or white, cavernous.
Flesh: light brown, odor not distinctive
Presence: on mossy ground or on decaying hardwood, from April to May. Found in Europe. Discovered in 1970 in Switzerland, also found in Yugoslavia (1978, 1982), Germany (1978) and Italy (1999).
Edibility: no

We, as the other local mycologists, found it on decaying beech (Fagus silvatica).

Photo: normally I don't like flash for fungi shots, but this time, by my opinion this version became better than the one with flash-off mode. Post-procession: sharpening the focused area, gaussian blur to the background, color correction, shadows / highlights, curve and level adjustment, framing, signing, re-sizing.

Workshops: on I You can see an older specimen while on II the fruitbodies on the substrate (from the ca. 20 specimens we found we picked 4 or 5 for microscopical analysation and other scientific things, but left the others in peace for reproduction).

Thanx for looking and reading all these, have a nice weekend. Cheers, László

Miss_Piggy, red45, CatherineD, parthasarathi, Noisette, lovenature, maurydv, eng55, valy67, sandpiper2, boreocypriensis, siggi, Dis. Ac., jusninasirun has marked this note useful
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Hallo Laszlo
What an attention-grabbing presentation with just as interesting note. Really spectacular this huge fungi. Wow, I can believe you where thrilled to capture this showpiece. The shape and form is beautiful and reminds me a lot of a piece of coral or mollusc. It also has a rubbery appearance, but I am sure if one touches it, it will be soft like a mushroom. I like the full framed composition, the focus is great and the presentation beautiful. Thanks for sharing this fascinating subject. Best regards.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-05-24 10:30]

Congratulations my Friend!

Very interesting note and fruitfull trip to your forest. I'm really glad that you founded such rare specie. Which looks like piece of coral reef. Or maybe piece of zombi's brain from horror movie :-) Anyway - detailed picture with nice forest BG and good looking main subject. There is even some kind of small insect on right sight of fungus :-)

Hello Laszlo,
Very impressive specimen, with a good low POV and excellent sharpness. The tiny fly is a bonus. Very interesting note about your trip in this forest. Best regards,

Great capture.

Hi Laszlo,
An awesome capture of this colourful Gyromitra.
It is similar in colour to Ascocoryne sarcoides and looks a bit like the inside of a shellfish.
Great exposure and detail.
Very nicely composed with a great note.
Cheers & TFS

Hello Laszlo
Wow, what a strange fungi ! a very beautiful one taken from a good POV
the colors are superb as well as the lighting
Great sharp details
Have a good evening

Hi Laszlo
Your Fungi is very unusual and interesting looking. Nice sharp detail and colour.

I changed the Theme to world wide...It was suppose to that way to begin with and just now figured out how to change the themes name.
TFS Janice

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-26 0:35]

Hi Laszlo,
excellent presentation of this wonderful fungi. Very lively and lovely beauty.
A very natural presentation in such a great lighting and natural conditions.
thanks also for furnishing me with information of elephant's dropping fungi.
it is really useful and interesting.
well presented shot.


Ciao amico Ladislao,
yes, the name Ladislao exists in the Italian language, but it is not much frequent as first name, il is a historical name and in Italy there is a town with this name Ladispoli (Ladislao Polis); your compatriot Laszlo Biro is well known all over the world like Ladislao Biro too; a superb macro shot of this fungus taken with outstanding sharpness and bright colours, excellent POV and composition, a great job.
Best regards

hello Laszlo
super picture with good details and very good sharpness
beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-06-01 13:34]

Hello Laszlo,
It's a magnificent image.Exposure,natural colors,low level POV and DOF are wonderful.Excellent note too!
Thanks for posting..

Hello Laszlo !
What a strange funi, I have never seen something like that before - the shape is so unusual, so beautiful... You were lucky to find it ! And you have taken such a great picture, with excellent details, excellent compositio, nice low POV, and excellent use of your flash. Very well done !

Hi Laszlo

What a weird looking fungi... I like it, great composition, excellent sharpness and DOF. Exellent POV.


Woww.. what a spectacular mushroom and its perfectly taken macro shot with classical Laszlo quality.
Perfect presentation MF!
TFS and have a nice WE!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-17 14:13]

Hello Laszlo,
what a interesting looking, but very beautiful mashroom species. You nicely presented it with a nice shot. Great focus, POV. Thanks for sharing.Best regards Siggi

Hello Laszlo,

I see this one I have been missed. This specie I never been seen and is not in the Netherlands.
Als the 4 specie from Gyromitra are on the red list.
What photo- good low pov and dof with clarity colours.


Hi Laszlo,
a great shot. You can see a lot of other creatures in this fungus!
I really like your funghi on TN. Best regards

Hola Laszlo

Vaya pedazo de hongo, que extrańo y original a su vez, preciosos colores y buena composición.

PD. He estado echando un ojo a tu repertorio, y tienes unas imagenes muy buenas y bien presentadas. Felicidades.

Un saludo de Antonio

Thanks for sharing this strange looking fungus from the virgin forest, László. I have never seen something like this before and probably never will around my neighborhood. Fabulous details and well metered exposure. The muted forest in the background is making this shot stunning.
Thanks and happy boxing day. Greetings from Malaysia - Jusni

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