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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: 2004-10-17
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/10 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Puff-balls, Mushrooms [Chapter 2], Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia II, 50-60 points (chapter 5) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-27 14:29
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Geastrum saccatum

Earthstars belong to a group of fungi called Gasteromycetes, or "stomach fungi". Their fruiting bodies are a stomach-shaped sac filled with dry spores. They are related to puffballs.

Young, closed earthstars are onion-shaped. Their peridium (skin) is made up of three layers. The layers allow the earthstar to do something no other fungus can do. Earthstars can move!

When it rains, the outer two layers of the peridium split and uncurl, forming a "star" with 4 to 12 rays. The inner layer of the peridium remains a closed sac. The rays spread with enough force to push aside leaves, raising the spore-filled sac above surrounding debris. Sometimes the rays even lift the earthstar high enough to break the connection to the parent mycelium. The rays close when they dry, and the sac lowers.

Some sacs release their spores when the tender inside peridium wears away. Other sacs toughen and form an opening at the top. When a raindrop strikes these sacs, it pushes in the tough wall, puffing spores out of the opening. After the spores are dispersed the sac breaks down, leaving only fragments attached to the rays. In these older specimens, the star-like rays remain open.

I found this info HERE.

I already posted info on this one HERE.

I also posted a four stage developement of a similar specie HERE and a large post HERE

Hope you like!

F:8 - 1/10 - Manual exposure - Minitripod

Evelynn, Signal-Womb, SkyF, AndyB, aido, marhowie, hummingbird24, Dave, Luis52, Janice, honza, dew77, sandpiper2, phlr, TAZ, smirnese, cmarzano, lovenature has marked this note useful
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it's such an interesting funghi, I've never seen such a one in real, but it's wonderful.
It looks like a coconut from inside, thanks for sharing
Sabine - wishnguaruda

Well I've never seen anything like that! It's a wonderful sharp photo of a very interesting subject. Good note too.

Another quality post from you Felipe, great light, perspective and wonderful details for our eyes to behold. You must have now photographed every fungi know to man. Very nice work.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-02-27 15:09]

Hi Filipe,
I never seen such a fungi, very nice informative note you added.
A beautiful shot, such natural colors and great sharp details. Excellent composition.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-02-27 15:17]

Hi Felipe
Excellent capture of this very interesting fungi,
perfect exposure and great lighting,
good details and well composed.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-02-27 15:43]

Hello Felipe,
These are one of my favourite fungi.
Nice detail and textures,very good POV.
The leaves and moss add great colours to the shot.
Excellent work again.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-02-27 15:54]

Hi Felipe,
I've honestly never heard of or seen anything like this, very interesting to learn about it. Nice shot, good POV and detail, TFS.

Interesting capture Felipe,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-02-27 17:55]

Great sharpness, colours and composition, as usual, of your never seen fungi.
Thank you for the wonderful open classes.
Un saludo
Josť Miguel

Hello Felipe,

I very much enjoy these fungi shots of yours, as they are so well captured and presented.

These earthstars and their unique shapes which seem so beautiful and yet strange, are one of my favorites.

Thank you for sharing this exceptional composition with us.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-02-27 19:14]

Great note with another excellent picture Felipe!
Continually amazed by your talent!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-02-27 20:23]

Hola Felipe.- Tu foto es muy buena, gran acercamiento sin perder ningun detalle, todo dentro de foco, Tu nota es muy interesante. Felicidades Luis52.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-02-27 23:15]

Hi Felipe and Cristina, Fantastic capture of these strange-looking fungi. I had seen and been intrigued with your postings before of them. Thye look like a bowl of friot all pealed and ready to be eaten. Good job,

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-02-28 4:40]

Superb shot of the earthstars. Beautiful composition, details and colors. TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-28 5:21]

Hello Felipe!
Excellent close up.Exposure is spot on.POV,details,3D effect,
sharpness and 3D effect are wonderful.TFS...:-)

An old shot I see. Still its very good. Beautiful composition as usual. Great DOF and perfect exposure.

Hello Felipe,
Running late, but well deserved :-) (sorry)
Thank You!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-02-28 9:58]

Very exoctic mushrooms Felipe!
Excellent on details!
Excellent notes too!
Very good DOF!
Keep on going and TFS!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-02-28 13:31]

What a wonderful and interesting "Etoile de terre" that you have very well captured ! A great shot my friend for a great species ! I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Felipe and thanks for sharing.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-02-28 15:14]

Hello Filipe ,A beautiful shot from this funghi,I have this never seen before ,very apart ,good light sharpnes colours and details , Greeting Teunie .

This is perfect the details and lighting make this an exceptional picture, very crisp colors. Well done Felipe. :)

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-04-05 13:38]

Great fungi, I've never seen them before. Very beautiful natural light and nice warm colors, wonderful composition, wonderful sharpness and details. Just perfect.

hi felipe,
perfect close up of an unusual shaped fungi.the composition and the POV are great.contrasting colours are beautiful.details are sharp and the note is useful.
thank you for sharing.

La toma y nota sumamente completas son la complementacion de una foto ambientada con lo documental para entender este hongo que nunca halle y conozco deun viejo libro en b y n de la flora iberica de Font Queer,felicitaciones y envidia por tener esos fungi maravillosos si me animo subire algunos delos mios pero pasare verguenza con tus tomas cerca!!!!

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