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Birds Nest Fungi

Birds Nest Fungi
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-20
Categories: Fungi
Exposure: f/20.0, 3 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-20 18:16
Viewed: 4449
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We had some really bad storms come through our area this evening, so I had to wait until almost sundown to take the camera out for some shots.

I was walking around the house looking for anything of interest when I noticed these tiny fungi growing in our mulched flower beds.

Thanks to some previous email conservations with John Denk, I realized these were Birds Nest Fungi. I got out my tripod and placed a piece of cardboard on the totally saturated ground, so I could kneel down and take a few shots.

Birds Nest Fungi:
The Nidulariaceae are a family of fungi in the order Nidulariales. Commonly known as the bird's nest fungi, their fruiting bodies resemble tiny egg-filled birds' nests complete with tiny "eggs". As they are saprobic, feeding on decomposing organic matter, they are often seen growing on decaying wood and in soils enriched with wood chips or bark mulch; they have a widespread distribution in most ecologicl regions.

Info from.. Wikipedia: The free encyclopedia

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Hi Ron,

A perfect and awesome capture of these spectacular fungi with a delightful composition and excellent managing of the light.
TFS and have a nice WE!


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-08-20 21:56]

Hi Ron,
This is fascinating stuff! I have never heard of bird nest fungi.
Great POV to show us the very unusual formation of these growths.
Thanks for the informative note. : )

interesting fungi, TFS Ori

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-08-20 22:39]

Very interesting kind of fungi you captured well. tfs.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-08-21 3:08]

Very good photo of this small fungi!

Hi Ron,

A superb macro, excellent composition, detail, sharpness, everything is working in this shot. Well done!

Since it's been rainy, make it a point to get into the woods as much as possible for the days after the rain, as this time of year is often fantastic for mushrooms, especially when significant rains occur.


Hello Ron
wonderful shot of a very interesting subject, i have never seen this species of fungi before, The good POV shows all the beautiful details, taken with great sharpness
the natural colors are superb too
Have a great sunday

Hi Ron,
Beautiful photo of Crucibulum laeve, sharpness and exposure are both fantastic, as well as colors and compo. Great job. You're lucky to have a rainy season - ours in Middle-East Europe is very dry.
Best regards from Hungary, László

Hi Ron
Great capture of these unusual mushrooms...Nice natural color with contrasting detail...TFS

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