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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: 2005-11-15
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/13 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mushrooms [Chapter 2], Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-26 3:54
Viewed: 5467
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Peniophora quercina ???

There is a lot of species in this genus and limited info about them, so any help would be welcome.

The Corticiaceae are a group of basidiomycetes that, on a macroscopic level, look a lot like a splash of paint on wood. Up close they can be strikingly beautiful.

The corticioid fungi are important in natural ecosystems as decomposers of wood, recycling the nutrients and minerals in the wood and releasing them over a long period of time--- sometimes several hundred years from a single large down tree--- where they can be used by other forest organisms. Many species can also act as mild to severe pathogens of living forest trees. In addition to their scientific and ecological interest, some of the species are highly regarded by mycophagists (e.g. Laetiporus sulphureus, the sulfur shelf or chicken of the woods, and Grifola frondosa, hen of the woods, sheepshead or maitake). Many polypores can be used as natural dyes for wool (e.g. Phaeolus schweinitzii and Hapalopilus nidulans). Several polypores are used in oriental herbal medicine, mostly in making tea-like extracts, including Ganoderma lucidum (reishi), Polyporus umbellatus, and Grifola frondosa (maitake). The polypore use that holds the most potential benefit for people is probably in biotechnology. In addition, some of these fungi are highly valued by biotechnologists because of their wood-degrading (and especially lignin-degrading) abilities.

I found this info HERE. There is an excellent read about this kind of fungi.

Hope you like!

ISO100 - F8 - 1/13 - Minitripod on on the top of my bag :) - Manual mode

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To red45: I know.extramundi 2 11-28 09:19
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Nice capture and good composition. About the name, one must be a extra-specialist to tell them apart (probably a microscopic examination and a veery good identification book could help you). We've got many of those here too, but as far as identification i'm doing the same like you: "???"

Regards, Petru

Excellent capture Felipe,
Good sharp detail and colours. Great POV.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting. Have a great weekend.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-11-26 10:40]

Hi Felipe,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition. Interesting note.
For a brief momment, I thought it was your sandwich that didn't sit right in your stomach. ;) :)


Felipe, this is an excellent fungi picture. Great colours, excellent sharpness and great POV. A very nice composition. Well done. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-26 13:56]

Very interesting Felipe and Cristina, you can see the mould rotting away at the leaves. I can understand how wood rots away so quickly. Well shown, thank you.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-27 13:45]
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Hi Felipe and Cristina!

This one is really disguisting for most people, I think ;-) Typical shot for this season - brown leaves and fungus. Very interesting post - both note and photo are great. Rather scary [for leaves at least ;-)] invader.

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  • Circe Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 54 W: 4 N: 22] (86)
  • [2005-11-28 0:30]

Impresionante composicion. Es un gran trabajo hacer de materia en descomposicion algo bello e incluso artistico. Los colores y las texturas del relieve son muy descriptivas, es una escena dramaticamente calida.
Me gusta mucho esta foto y por supuesto la nota que explica este extraño ser y sus circunstancias. La naturaleza es infinita en sus combinaciones y no deja de sorprendernos.
Gracias por vuestro trabajo, un saludo cordial de circe.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-28 10:59]

Hello Felipe!
Very nice capture.Well seen and composed.POV,details,sharpness and colors are wonderful.TFS...:-)

hola Felipe:

La ferozidad de la naturaleza !!!!
sorprendente trabajo ...


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