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Old earthstar

Old earthstar
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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: 2005-01-02
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/8, 1/3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mushrooms [Chapter 2], Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia (Spain), 40-49 Points (Chapter 5), 50-60 points chapter 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-17 7:58
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I have already posted a large format triptic of a younger specimen of this same one HERE. Jean Michel sugested the closet ident to that one, Geastrum hgrometricus, again other suggestion would be welcome.

In this other shot we can see the leather-like texture this one has when it gets old. They get so consistent, that You can find them in the same place for almost a year!

"Astraeus hygrometricus (Pers.) Morgan (= Geastrum hygrometricus)

Common Name: Hygroscopic Earthstar

Fruiting body round to slightly compressed, 2-4 cm broad, partially emergent, becoming epigeous; exoperidium splitting into 7-14 rays with an expanded diameter of 4.5-9 cm; rays thick, leathery, the inner surface cracked, grey to brown, hygroscopic, flattened to the substrate in moist weather, encircling the spore sac when dry; spore sac globose to somewhat flattened, 1.5-3.0 cm broad, sessile, buff-brown, light-grey to medium-brown, the surface roughened or hairy, rupturing via an irregular slit or tear; gleba at first white, brown at maturity, columella absent.

Spores 7.5-11 µm, nearly round, warted, brown in mass.

Scattered to gregarious in a variety of habitats but most common locally in open or disturbed areas in woodlands; fruiting from late fall to mid-winter.

Inedible, too tough.

The tough, leathery fruiting bodies of Astraeus hygrometricus can persist for months but are easily overlooked, especially in dry weather, when the rays fold tightly over the spore sac. A related species Astraeus pteridis is less common but considerably larger, between 12 and 15 cm broad. Several species of Geastrum also have hygroscopic rays but can be distinguished by the presence of a peristome, (circular area around the spore opening) a columella (sterile stalk within the gleba), and generally smaller spores."

I found this info HERE.

Hope you like!

F8 - 1/3 - Tripod - Manual mode

marhowie, LordPotty, electra, scottevers7, Signal-Womb, lglandon, carper, gerhardt, red45, AndyB, chiliu, Janice, PDP, Luc, sway, sandpiper2, TAZ, dantor, Circe, jmp has marked this note useful
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Perfect Felipe.
You make this look SO BIG !
Another really excellent shot with a brilliant note.
You put in a lot of work and you deserve the title Howard has given you.
(I think I said the same thing once too)

Beautiful capture, Felipe.
The lighting is great and the tones are perfect. Well done on this composition and details.


Hola Felipe, this is a great macro of the fungi. Sharpness and colours are brilliant.The note is usefull for me. Thanks for posting this picture. Saludos Martina

Hi Felipe,
SUPERB! That is an amazing shot. The color and detail are perfect. Very informative notes..Great Job!

Brilliant detailed capture with very nice light Felipe. I can see this mushroom is on the move maybe they are following you home now ;)) Very good shot with informative note.

Very nice composition! sharpness and colors are very good
I never seen this one before!
TFS, Laurent

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-17 14:18]

Yes Felipe I like it,
I have never seen this specie before, very good composition, good in pov and a fantastic dof, very good note as well, good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-07-17 14:21]

Hi Filipe. Rewelacyjna fotka, interesuj±cy grzyb. Very well done.

Felipe, another interesting fungi. Lovely shape, it looks like a alien lander. :)

Composition/placement: ****
Exposure: ****
Focus/sharpness: *****
DOF: ****
POV: *****
Impact: ****

Overall: ****

*Acceptable, **Average, ***Good, ****Great, *****Outstanding

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-17 17:34]

Martians are comming ;-) ?
Never saw this amazing fungus in real life, it must looks even better in nature. As always Felipe - perfect picture with superb subject.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-17 18:55]

An amazing looking fungi Felipe!
Excellent composition,superb detail and textures.
Great lighting and DOF.
Well done,TFS

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-07-17 21:18]

Hi Felipe,
Excellent details and colour, very nice composition. Great shot!

Wow, is this alien real? So where does it grow from Felipe - one of the legs? All the legs aren't attached to the ground, are they? This is so interesting. Good find and good POV and posting. Well done, and thank you.

Hello Felipe, This has excellent details, textures, colors and DOF..Great use of ambient light. Well composed, an excellent note with useful links. You'll always be the KING of fungi in my book! ;-) Very well done.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-19 0:54]

A fascinating fungi. it looks like somrthing from some weird science fiction movie.
Great focus
Great use of light.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-19 8:25]

Hi Felipe, lovely shot. The lighting is very good. The textures on the fungi look great. Very good work.

A very unusual fungus, Felipe! I like the point of view from the ground and even with it, and it is fun to see it so close. Nice use of light and composition here.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-19 20:30]

Hello Houston! We have a problem here. A meteorite has made a hole at the top. We had to land in a strange world. Hello Houston, please answer Houston... Is someone listening???

Outstanding shot to my eyes, Felipe. Thank you.

Great piece of work Felipe. You have an amazing selection of fungi in your part of the world and you have shown us some excellent examples. This one is yet another great shot. Very difficult to find anything wrong with it. Not only have you become very very good at illustrating fungi, but also a master of your compact camera. It shows that you don't need the expensive cannon, nikkon etc. to make a really good shot. Well done my friend.
ps. I have finally taken a couple of fungi and will post in next day or so. Having the usual trouble with a lack of information to be found on Aussie fungi.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-27 3:48]

WOOOOW ! Excellent shot you made for incredible mushroom ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are great ! Congratulations Felipe and thanks for sharing.

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  • lukdm Silver Star Critiquer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 7] (165)
  • [2005-09-22 5:38]

an extra ordinairy shot

bonjour felipe
je vois que vous etes un grand amateur de champignon c'est bien.celui ci je ne l'avais jamais vu.merci.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2005-10-20 14:43]

First time a can sea som gungus like this. Bravo, nice and good qualiti.

Your subject seems to have come from another planet. Excellent sharpeness in details shows weel the texture of this specimen. Well done, again, Felipe.

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-11-23 7:39]

I really like this photo. Interesting object.
Perfect composition and really nice color and sharp.
Regards, Krzysztof

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-11-26 19:58]

Hola Felipe.
Que especimen mas raro y al mismo tiempo bello,y no es para mi sorpresa alguna que tengas esta fotografia tan bien tomada.

pd.tengo algunas fotografias de hongos pero no se identificarlos,podrias ayudarme? como y a donde te envio mis fotos?

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  • Circe Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 54 W: 4 N: 22] (86)
  • [2005-12-04 0:11]

Impresionante ejemplar, me encanta este contraluz y la criatura extraterrestre que mostrais en la foto. Excelentes detalles, colores y ambientacion en general.
Estupenda nota.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-02-19 17:55]

Felipe, si no documentas para los profanos esta seta y la encuentro por ahí, podría parecerme ¡extraterrestre!

Thanks for your help on determination of ID of my own earthstar.
Yours is beautiful with nice saturated colors.

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