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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-26
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS, Raynox DCR-250
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/4 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-59 points Chapter 7, Best of Canon S2-IS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-27 12:52
Viewed: 3806
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi my friends, big day today - my first post with title in Swedish :-) This strange fungus remainds me my childhood and Hattifateners from Tove Janson's books. They were definitelly my favourites childhood books. I'm curious, TN is very cosmopolitan and internationa site, so

Do you know books about Moomins by Tove Janson?

Back to my picture - I took it yesterday during my fungi hunt in Zdrowie Park. Day was very sunny and warm, park full of golden leaves and... fungi. I found many very interesting species including this one.

Thanks to Felipe and Jan for ID.

Xylaria hypoxylon (L.: Fries) Grev.
Flora Edinensis 1: 355. 1824.

Common Name: Candlesnuff Fungus

Fruit bodies erect, tough, pliant, clavarioid in shape, usually branched near the top, occasionally simple, up to 8 cm tall by 3-5 mm broad, often flattened in cross section above, rounded below; the base dark brown to black, often tomentose, branch tips white from asexual spores (conidia) or concolorous with the base and minutely pimpled with perithecial pores.

Ascospores 10-14 X 4-6 µm, black, smooth, kidney shaped. Asexual spores hyaline, smooth, elliptical to elongated.

Scattered to gregarious to clustered on rotting wood.


Xylaria hypoxylon can be found year round in the S.F. Bay Area on downed wood. Fruiting bodies are blackish, thin, wiry and branched with white tips. The white tips consist of masses of asexual spores (conidia). As the fruiting body matures, it thickens, becomes all black, and sexual (ascospores) are produced in embedded perithecia. The latter form tiny pores on the surface of the fruiting body. Critical study of this species is needed in California, as there may be a number of species of Xylaria masquerading under this name, or the species may be extremely variable.


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Well composed with great exposure and detail, very nice Grzegorz.

HI Greg,
I know the book "mumintrollen" and you are right it looks like
hattifnattarna;-) Very good details, nice colours good POV and well composed.
Very well done, my friend.

Hello Grzegorz,
A wonderful capture. The details and DOF are perfect.
The water drop is fantastic and the background is amazing as well with it's soft colors.
Excellent POV and composition
Great work
TFS - Shir

Beautiful detail in this macro view of an unusual fungi. The vertical and diagonal lines make an interesting pattern and the soft reds in the background add a nice splash of color. Well done.

Hi Grzegorz, wonderful photo, amazing drop of water, great colrs, perfect sharpness, very well done, Bravissimo ciao Silvio

This brilliant image gives me a surrealistic impression, Greg. Like strange fingers sticking out of the earth and juggling watery pearls between them. I have no idea about the books you refer to, but they must have articulated child fantasies, I seem to feel sure.
The appeal of this picture is so very unusual I really can't bother much about the species of the fungi you are talking about in your note.
Maybe I am experiencing what you did in your childhood while reading those books by Janson :-)!

Hello Neighbour,;-)
first I thought this is Asparagus...
But this is a macro shot! This is a "Korallenpilz" (Kammkoralle) - the german name. Yes it is edible - but not well in the taste. - This is an excellent macro shot my friend. Excellent framing, POV and great sharpness too. Very nice bg and an excellent note. This is an excellent fungi presentation. Thank you Greg.

Tak jak obiecales sa i grzyby. Piekna kompozycja i fajne lekko rozowe tlo. Kropla rosy jak dodatkowy uroczy ozdobnik.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-11-27 15:01]

Hello Greg !
What a gorgeous picture ! I love everything : details, colors, composition, shape and texture of the mushrooms... Very good note too. And these waterdrops on the fungi, they are truly spkendi ! Very well done !

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-27 15:19]

Hello Grzegorz,
A really fantastic shot of these plain fungi and the water droplets certainly add to it. Very well focussed and the background colour is beautiful. (PS - Yes, it reminds me of hattifnattarna as well!!)
TFS, Ulla

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-27 15:38]

Perfect water drop and what a setting! excellent funghi shot. Great POV and sharp details. Lovely BG colour



Excellent picture, MF. I read your critic on my peziza and was waiting for your post :)
Lovely BG, and very good details, I know how difficult this are by own experience, you managed really well to get the whites and still have details on the dark parts. The perfect drop is a nice bonus.
You will have to read the rest of my critic in the one I have just posted ;-)
Best regards, Felipe.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-11-27 17:12]

Ahoj Greg.
I think this is Xylaria hypoxylon (próchnilec gałęzisty)-(Candlesnuff Fungus), very often growing on dead wood in this time. I like sharpness of your photo and the drops are fantastic too.
Regards Jan

Świetna ostrość i kompozycja. Ciekway opis. A skojarzenia z Muminkami jak najbardziej słuszne :)

Muy bello este hongo. Estupendos colores y detalles. Buen POV y DOF.
Saludos, JL.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-11-27 20:35]

Ooh, similar to Felipe and Cristina's skelton hands coming out of the earth!! And the pearls too.
Good shot Greg, quite spooky. TFS

Hi Greg

This is a very interesting shot! You have done a great job here with the POV and especially the exposure. Congrats!

Hi Greg,
Picture with a good compo. Colors are excellent too.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-28 5:07]

Hi Greg

One more great example of why you love Raynox that much! What an excellent post!
The details and textures here are fantastic and that drop of water there is simply magnificent.
Lovely colors and tones, spot-on exposure and a beautiful composition.
Also the POV is great and the DOF impecable, with that darker log there in the BG making an excellent contrast.
Very well done, my frined!

Bravo and TFS

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-28 6:11]

Acabo de criticar la imagen de Felipe tan cercana a la tuya que mencionaba lo pequeño de este mundo Greg.
Bella composición con excelente punto de vista, agudeza y perfecto fondo para realzar la silueta de los hongos y la invitada a la escena de la gota y su maravillosa mini reflexión.
Me encanta... de veras.
Un gran saludo... Ricardo

I have just criticized the image of Felipe from so near to yours that mentioned the small of this world Greg.
Beautiful composition with excellent point of view, sharpness and perfect bottom to enhance the silhouette of the mushrooms and the invited to the scene of the drop and their wonderful mini reflection.
I love it... indeed.
Best regards... Ricardo

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-11-28 6:29]

Hello Greg
Excellent macro,
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours. TFS

hi grzeg
ce n'est pas le champignon qui retient le plus mon attention,mais la gouttelette d'eau qui reflete son environement avec une belle netteté.

What a great image Greg, not sure what it was till I read your note. The extra little details and red background make this special for me. good work..

Hi Greg,
You've captured a beautiful fungi, but made it really stunning by capturing the two water drops. Clarity, details and colors are superb. Maybe a slightly smaller aperture would have the entire tree sharp as well, but this is to my liking as well.

ABout the book. I don't think so but maybe it is know here by a translated version.


:) tomorrow

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-11-29 6:57]

Hi Greg, very nice composition and the little water droplet is a bonus. I would have like to have used a little more DOF here to bring the fungi on the left into focus and maybe exposed a little more. Very nice shot.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-12-01 1:53]

Nice competition Greg / Felipe ;-) Your composition is artistic. The droplets are nice bonus. Sharpness and DOF are excellent ! Instructive complementary note too.
Well seen and well done my freind.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-12-31 23:02]

Kolejna piekna grzybowa fotka. A jesli chodzi o ID to moj Collins wskazuje, ze to moze byc Xylaria carpophila - jest podobna do X. hypoxylon ale ma wlasnie glownie pojedyncze owocniki a jesli trafiaja sie rozgalezione to zdecydowanie skromniej. Ciekawe na czym to roslo, bo ten gatunek Xylarii jest zwiazany z bukiem.

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