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Cinnabar Chanterelle

Cinnabar Chanterelle
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Copyright: John Denk (jpdenk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 3 N: 74] (333)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-09-07
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Nikon D90, 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-08 17:19
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Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These are Cinnabar Chanterelle mushrooms, Cantharellus cinnabarinus. They're found in hardwood forests in much of North America east of the Rocky Mountains. In the area where I live, near Chicago, IL, it's quite uncommon. It seems to usually show up in areas with some sand in the soil, but not always. These were the first ones that I've seen in Cook County, IL.

They are mycorrhizal partners with trees, often Shagbark Hickory or Beech trees in Illinois, although these appeared to be associating with Sugar Maple.

Being Chanterelles, they are edible, although perhaps not as tasty as their famous Yellow Chanterelle cousins.

I used the built-in flash for this shot with a Puffer flash diffuser to soften the light a bit.

More info about them from the excellent MushroomExpert.com web site:

Cap: 1-5 cm wide; convex to flat when young, becoming flat or shallowly vase-shaped; smooth; the margin inrolled when young, expanding and becoming wavy; flamingo pink to cinnabar red or reddish orange.

Undersurface: With well spaced, well developed false gills; colored like the cap or slightly paler.

Stem: 1-4 cm long; 0.5-1.5 cm wide; equal or tapering slightly to the base; colored like the cap or paler.

Flesh: Whitish or tinged with the cap color; not changing color when sliced.

Odor and Taste: Odor sweet and fragrant; taste mild to slightly peppery.

Chemical Reactions: Flesh negative to very pale gray with iron salts; undersurface negative to very pale gray with iron salts.

Spore Print: Whitish or pinkish.

Microscopic Features: Spores 6-11 x 4-6 µ; smooth; ellipsoid; inamyloid; hyaline to ochraceous in KOH. Basidia to about 65 x 10 µ; 4-6-sterigmate. Clamp connections present.

REFERENCES: Schweinitz, 1832. (Coker, 1919; Corner, 1966; Smith, 1968; Bigelow, 1978; Smith, Smith & Weber, 1981; Smith & Weber, 1985; Arora, 1986; Phillips, 1991/2005; Lincoff, 1992; Metzler & Metzler, 1992; Horn, Kay and Abel, 1993; Persson, 1997; Barron, 1999; Roody, 2003; McNeil, 2006; Miller & Miller, 2006; Kuo, 2007.) Herb. Kuo 07259401, 06140302, 07220302, 07200703.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-09-09 13:26]

Hello John,
Just got my computer up and running after being down a few days. I see you have been out in the woods hunting fungi, what a beautiful pair of Cinnabar Chanterelle mushrooms. I'm sure the bright orange colors make them stand out like a sore thumb in the woods. Nicely framed and showing exceptional detail.
I was out this morning, but the only thing I saw was some field mushrooms. We had a few Bolete mushrooms pop up in the yard and one or two Amanita near the pines, but that has been about it this year so far.
It's nice to see a post from you once again John, take care..

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-09-09 16:19]

Hi John,spectacular species in a magnificent capture,a very bright orange and fine detail everywhere in this composition showing us the habitat between the dead leaves in the best way too,very interesting and very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-09-10 20:21]

Really mushrooms are your specialty, John !!!
It's a fabulous photograph of Cinnabar Chanterelle ...
It is also a beautiful composition which have made a counterpoint between dark leaves and red-orange of these fungi; great contrast !!!
Very good focus; addition.

A big hug; from Argentina!

Hernán Bortondello

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