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Old Ganoderma

Old Ganoderma
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-14
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/8 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand native fauna & flora, Fungi of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-23 4:48
Viewed: 4557
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's another old fungi I found recently.I'm realising how little I know about these strange bracket fungi.There are a number of types.Ganderma applanatum is one of the most common,and initially,I thought this to be a very old specimen. After a little research,I am led to believe it is the highly esteemed Ganoderma tsugai (Ganoderma lucida) of Japanese and Chinese medicinal tradition.
Apparantly, G.tsugai has a status equal to that of Ginseng as a life prolonging and anti-carcinogenic panacea.
Known as Reishi to the Japanese and Ling Chi to the Chinese,specimens over 500 years old,given as gifts to emperors,can be seen in Chinese museums.

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Dude , were you up in the tree when you took this shot ?

What a weird fungi. I've had this thing on the screnn and don't know what to say. Its certainly interesting and your note describes it well. Its captivating and revolting.

A very good of the fungi, I don't know this one.
I read your note and now I know.
Very good shot

Steve, Interesting & strange one. Definitely reminds one of something "else"! Good note, Good job!

I'm not far to have the same feeling as Howard here and was going to ask you about the responsable animal :-)! But OK, this is a fungi. Strange shape and color. It looks like those beautiful mushrooms degraded after the first frost. Fortunately your note is self-explanatory. So, this is a respectful one, well presented. You've managed well with the difficult light reflection on the cap. It's even and well exposed. Another strange one for our collection! Well done, Steve.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-23 11:11]

Good capture Steve and very informative notes.

Very beautiful post and very informative note too, Steve. Maybe this might be the same specie you posted previously as "Gistening shelf" Ganoderma aplanatum or australe. They seem to be always wet. I am impressed with the 500 years old ganodermas, I did never hear of it, thanks.

Hi Steve,

Nice picture, I like the angle you used to take the picture. Love the colors and DOF.

I have been in the city with some data work, also, will be getting a new camera soon and hope to be able to share more of our similar nature.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-23 15:38]

They look like elevated cow pats! Great sh*t (substitute "i" or "o" for "*" :-)

I'm impressed by the textures and the slick appearance. Very well done.

Steve, my advice friend... see a doctor. :)

It's a very interesting and enlightening post. WOW! 500 years old. I think you did exceptionally well in getting the reflections and textures as perfect as possible. Great shot.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-24 1:11]

This is beautiful. It almost looks like a heap of fresh cow dung. Very well captured.

Thanks for posting

Very nice post Steve.
Never seen this before.
I refer to Paul's comment.;-)
Well done.

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