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Auricularia auricula-judae

Auricularia auricula-judae
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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: 2004-12-04
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/8, 1/25 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Mushrooms, Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia (Spain), Edible [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-12 13:29
Viewed: 6980
Points: 36
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Auricularia auricula-judae.
Fungi / BASIDIOMYCOTA / Agaricomycetidae / Auriculariales / Auriculariaceae


This shot was taken at begining of december, and it was quite difficult to get, as they were in a dead branch at the border or a deep fall of 4 or 5 meters down the hill, I put in danger my integrity to get this translucent POV so I hope it worths the effort and you like!

Some info:
Auricularia auricula-judae St. Amans syn. Hirneola auricula-judae (St. Amans) Berk. syn. Auricularia auricula (Hook.)Underwood Judasohr, Oreille de Judas, Jelly Ear Fruit body 3–8cm across, ear-shaped, gelatinous when fresh drying hard and horny, outer surface tan-brown with minute greyish downy hairs, inner surface grey-brown, smooth, or often wrinkled and ear-like. Spores white, sausage-shaped, 16–18×6–8µ. Basidia elongated cylindric with three transverse septa. Habitat on branches of frondose trees, usually elder. Season all year, especially autumn. Very common. Edible. Distribution, America and Europe.

The common name Judas's ear comes from the legend that Auricularia formed its ear-shaped fruiting bodies as a curse on the tree on which Judas hanged himself. If you don't remember your New Testament (or care about it), Judas was the apostle who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Obviously someone had an overactive imagination when seeing an ear on a tree and thinking of Judas. However the intriguing name has stuck, even with the normally stuffy taxonomists. In fact "Auricularia" means ear and the epithet "auricula-judae" means "the ear of Judas." Since the mushroom is particularly prevalent on menus in Oriental restaurants, more preferred names would be the "wood ear mushroom" or the "cloud ear mushroom," Some would consider other translations of the name perjorative, and hence I have not mentioned them here. Sometime the scientific name is listed as Hirneola auricula. It seems likely that Auricularia polytricha, cultivated for use in Oriental dishes, is a very close relative or even the same species. However, it certainly can be much larger and tends to grow in subtropical to tropical areas. It is easily available in dried form in almost every oriental food store, in specialty food markets, and even in many large grocery stores.

I took the info from THIS site, and THIS other one which has plenty of info

F8 - 1/25 - Handheld - Manual mode - Objetive resting in branch.

marhowie, carper, liquidsunshine, PDP, willie, milloup, scottevers7, Luc, Signal-Womb, rlortie, Callie, TAZ, Nephrotome2 has marked this note useful
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Excellent Felipe! you've captured the translucent qualities of this Jelly Ear with the back-light coming through nicely. The light colored BG works very well to define your subject also. Great compostion..Great work!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-02-12 13:47]

very good one ofcoarse Felipe your the master of the mushrooms, it's a title you just become. Very good using the light, I know how important light is by taking mushrooms, the is very good taken, good composition, very good colours and a great pof, very good job

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-12 14:03]

Belle prise de vue et superbe composition en diagonal avec un sujet bien éclairé. La couleur du ciel en haut et celle de l'herbe verte en bas rehausse le sujet et lui donne beaucoup d'éclat. FÉLICITATIONS !

Great shot Felipe,
Jaap is right, you're on top of the mushroom mountain.
Excellent details, colours and clarity
Thanks for posting

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-12 15:04]

Hi Felipe, lovely perspective on this one, clearly showing it's similiarity to an ear. The lighting is great as is the composition. Very well done.

Great capture of these "ears" ;-))
Nice diagonal POV, good colours, excellent sharpness and I like how the light filters through and outlines the curves inside.

A great shot. Looks like you worked really hard to get this great perspective. The light is great on the mushrooms. Nice Work!

Very nice available light shot Felipe, it has brought out the translucence well , good old S&H would allow some more details in the froground to be seen though.

Very nice shot Felipe the light and the POV is excellent here. Like Iv said before the images and notes you post are all of a high quality. Great work.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-13 4:50]

Great POV on this Felipe! I love backlight, colour and semitransparency of those fungi. Perfect composition and quality.

Good to hear that spring almost reached Spain, I hope she'll not forget about Poland :-) [btw - what's gender of word 'spring' in English? In Polish femine]

You went to much trouble for the view Felipe and the result is an excellent shot all round. 12 out of 10.
Very well done

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-02-13 6:22]

Felipe ¶wietnie to pokaza³e¶, bardzo dobre zdjêcie.

I like the translucent view of this picture. The colors are very nice against the grey/blue background. Nice composition. Note is excellent. Very good work: whort the effort, TFS.

Great post, perfect POV and DOF, good sharpness as well.
Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-13 18:07]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent
Great visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: perfect
Personal assessment of the note: more than complete.
You improve from time to time, Felipe. We can almost hear a sigh of satisfaction through your Ears. I would like to know the words which you have whispered to them.
Thank you very much!

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-02-16 14:38]

Hi Felipe
Incredible detail, colours and lighting here - it reminds me of amber and giant's ears. I really like the overall affect here, TFS

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-18 7:12]

Belle et intéressante composition en macro pour ces superbes champignons translucides. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Very Well Done !

Beautiful colors and light. Bery informative note.

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