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Armillaria mellea - Honey Mushroom I

Armillaria mellea - Honey Mushroom I
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Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-01
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb
Exposure: f/25.0, 2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mushrooms [Chapter 2], Your Favorite Images [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-04 9:47
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I was amazed by the unique shape and size of those mushrooms.

from: http://www.mykoweb.com/CAF/species/Armillaria_mellea.html

Armillaria mellea
Common Name: Honey Mushroom

Cap 3-13 cm broad, convex at first, becoming nearly plane, sometimes broadly umbonate at maturity, margin finely striate; color varying from yellowish-brown to reddish-brown, the disc darker with fine hair or scales; surface viscid when moist; odor mild, taste acrid.

Gills white to pallid, adnate to subdecurrent, sometimes notched, developing reddish-brown stains in age.

Stipe 5-17 cm long, 0.5-3.0 cm thick, tapering towards the base when growing in clusters, enlarged to bulbous at the base when growing apart; tough, fibrous; partial veil cottony forming a superior ring; pallid above the ring, yellowish-brown to reddish-brown below.

Spores 7-9.5 x 5-7 µm, smooth, elliptical, nonamyloid. Spore print white.

Fruiting typically in large clusters, but sometimes singly on wood or buried wood of both hardwoods and conifers.

Edible and considered good by many. The button stage is usually collected for the table, the fibrous stipes discarded, although the peeled stipe may be the best part of this fungus for the table. The acrid or bitter taste of fresh specimens disappears with cooking. Note that some people suffer digestive upsets from this mushroom.

The Honey Mushroom is actually a complex of species, some of which are saprophytic, others parasitic on trees and shrubs causing serious economic losses. Rhizomorphs, thickened strands of mycelium, which aid in the spread of the fungus, can sometimes be seen under the bark of affected trees. The Honey Mushroom possesses several easy to recognize morphological features: a clustered fruiting habit on wood or buried wood, cap with a dark central disc covered with fine hairs or scales, gills with rusty spots in age, and a tough fibrous stipe with a ring.

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Hi Shir,
wonderful, like a familie, but why are the parents twins???
You found a wonderful motive and captured it with good light and DOF. The POV is also nice.
Very well done, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Nively seen. Great POV and hence very interesting. Learnt a lot from this one.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-09-04 14:53]

Wspaniały okaz, ¶wietnie sfotografowane, ładne ujęcie i dobra kolorystyka.

Hello Shir, Excellent depth to your shot bringing the honey mushrooms environment into the capture nicely. This is very well exposed with great detail, sharpness & colors. I like the total composition with the largest two rooms of greatest interest right. An excellent note - Very well done!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-05 5:07]

Hello Shir!
Very nice capture.Lighting,POV,DOF,3D effect,colors and composition are excellent.

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-09-05 9:56]

Very good, interesting and nice composition.
Well done!

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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-09-05 15:35]

Bela foto, cores e nitidez!

A wonderful group of fungi and well taken. The exposure is perfect. I love the composition and I think the POV and DOF are excellent.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-09-23 3:28]

Wow ! What a wonderful and interesting shot that you have well done ! This fingi composition is great with the double mushroom ! Colors, DOF, details and sharpness are good ! Thanks for sharing Shir.

This is awesome! I've never seen a configuration like that before. This really is a great photo in all ways. Paul :)

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-12-09 8:53]

Hello Shir,
Colors are very natural and the composition is very good. TFS

Fotas maravillosas de los hongos de finlandia, parecen bosques encantados, muy diferentes a los de por aqui. Me llama mucho la atención la forma en que fotografias los hongos, parece que fueran enormes. Muy buena perpectiva. Cada vez aprendo nuevas cosas.


PD: buscare en mis archivos alguna foto de hongos... generalmento no me llaman mucho la atencion pero tus fotos inspiran! : )

Hello Shir,

This is a fantastic shot.The composition and the POV are perfect.TFS


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-12-22 11:47]

Shir bonjour, splendid composition, colors that blend well. This familly of Honey Mushrooms is amazing!! Very well done and happy Christmas, Didier.


beautifull shot. Great composition of these fungi.

Greetings from Belgium

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2006-06-14 4:49]
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I like your mushrooms.

Could always crop it and turn it upside down ;) Make a funny shot.

You have photographed these well, nice lighting and composition.

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