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Tiny Umbrellas

Tiny Umbrellas
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-11
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-06 3:02
Viewed: 3975
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coprinus plicatilis.

With thanks to Clive Shirley / Fungiman who kindly identified this fungi for me. I can recommend his website Hidden Forest. He has some wonderful photos there and it is very interesting to visit.

Clive says this fungi looks to be Coprinus plicatilis. I sent him the photos and he thought the habitat was a little strange as it was covered in leaves from the deciduous trees. Normally the fungi is found growing in grass and he was right the fallen leaves were covering the grass in the park where I found them.

Species: Coprinus plicatilis
A delicate species that last less then a day. Found singly or in small groups after rain.
Common Name: None
Found: Grass areas
Substrate: Ground
Spores: Black
Height: 75 mm
Width: 20 mm
Season: Autumn.
Edible: Unknown

Coprinus plicatilis is also known as the Fairy Parasol, or the Japanese Umbrella.

Thanks Clive. See Hidden Forest.

robindb, Argus, jpinkham, ramthakur, MMM, uleko, eqshannon, vanderschelden, tuslaw, jconceicao has marked this note useful
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Hi Janice,

The autumn colours of the leaves make a lovely display area for these umbrellas. This is something that one would probably just walk past or step on but not think of taking a photo. Well seen and well photographed.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-06 3:43]

Hello Janice,
A fine image of some fungi growing among the fallen leaves of the American Red Oak. The direct from above POV gives it the somewhat abstract pattern feeling which makes it fascinating.
TFS this delight,

How interesting, Janice! Very nice captures of the "umbrellas" and especially interesting blending of the colors with these nestled among the red, green, and brown oak leaves. It looks as though the day may have been somewhat cold, wet, or both. In any case, nicely seen and shown.

The little umbrellas are well assimilated in this beautiful collage of colours formed by fallen leaves, Janice.
I admire your sense of aesthetics in choosing the details for this frame.
It is enchanting!

hello janice,
lovely capture, the point of view and the colors makes this shot special, crisp image,
pleasing composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Pretty shot Janice, very interesting. Well done!

beautiful combination of leaves and mushrooms, tFS Ori

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-08-06 13:41]

Hi Janice
Well composed image.I like the look of those mushroom they do look like umbrella.Very sharp imge with good detail.I like those green and red leaf in the image it give a special touch.
TFS Michel

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-07 4:00]

Hello Janice,
I like the pretty little 'umbrellas' but what I really fall for here are the colours and patterns of the American Oak leaves, it is a very beautiful sharp capture! Interesting note too about the fungi!
Many thanks, Ulla

This is one of the most colourful shots I have seen in a while. The mix of colours and patterns...along with the clarity and sharpness...oh yes and good contrast...all of this make it a very eye pleasing image. I saw this earlier today...and I bookmarked it so I would not forget to come back when my time was more clear...

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-07 21:33]

Hello janice, Oh so beautiful. Very lovely shot and great note. Thanks for sharing Ganesh

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-08-09 13:59]

Hi Janice
It's a beautiful picture , good colors and details.There are many mushroom interesting in this shot.
Well done

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2008-08-12 0:38]

Hi Janice,
amazing theme, good captured, nice details, colours and contrast. I like it. Good work.
Gr., Aleksander

A very beautiful picture. Congratulations.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-08-15 21:10]

Wow!! Janice,
What a mixture of beautiful colors and textures. Love the composition you have chosen, such a work of art!!

Hi Janice,

Fantastic capture.Beautiful photo of this interesting fungi.Excellent colours with good definition.

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