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Tree Growing Mushrooms

Tree Growing Mushrooms
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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: 2006-05-27
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-25 1:30
Viewed: 6450
Points: 30
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Tree Growing Mushrooms

I have no idea what these mushrooms are called.

I found these mushrooms growing on a tree at the Auckland Domain at about eye-level – good to photograph!!

Mushrooms and toadstools are the reproductive formations of some types of fungi. There are many different types found in New Zealand’s forests, and also in fields and parks, even gardens and lawns. They are usually found in early autumn, after the first rains at the end of summer.

There are more fungi that do not produce mushrooms, and they are often hidden in the ground, or within wood or leaves.

Fungi help with the decomposition of wood, leaf litter and dead animals. They also form valuable relationships with the roots of most forest trees.

Fungi are a very widespread and assorted group of organisms that includes mushrooms and puffballs, yeasts and moulds. They are found everywhere – in all environments on land, and also in fresh water and the ocean.

Fungi were once thought to be part of the plant kingdom, but now they are considered to be a separate Kingdom or phylum.


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Hi, Janice,

nice capture!! it's about 5pm here in Hong Kong and I'm quite hungry - and the first thing that comes acorss my mind when I see your photo is: it'd be good if these are food for me : ) thanks for sharing this wonderful photo with nice colours and details.

Man Yee

Hi Janice,
This is a real Janice.
Good presentation and note
Saude e Paz

Hi Janice,

I like the composition, quite arty, well done.


Hi Janice,

Great capture.Excellent colours and composition.Lighting and sharpness are good.

Hi Janice.
Lovely exposure on these fungi, the colour stands out beautifully against the tree bark. Good detail of them and where they are growing.


Hi Janice,

Very sharp and it stands out well from the treebark. Nature was kind to you as the way they are growing helps your composition. Well seen.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-25 7:37]

Hello Janice,
Fungi are beginning to sprout here too now as we've had loads of rain! This is a fine sharp view of these two on the tree.
Beautiful colours too and well composed.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

There are a few "shroom" folks around...not me..I think these are the "Common Tree Mushrooms" but I might be wrong...no...that was a toss-out...The contrasts and the angles of the shrooms are very neat...and quite the eclectic photographer you are..from the ocean to the woods..you're all over!

Kia ora Janice,
Brilliant shot, Madame. Excellent focus, details and natural colors. Wonderful.
ID specification: I'm more than sure it's a Pholiota, but I can't name the exact specie. Reminds me to Ph. squarrosoides, but I'm not sure at all if it's living on the Southern hemisphere.
Congrats, tfs. Best regards, László

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-08-25 9:11]

hello Janice
fungi is foreign topic for me and i have no idea its ID
i like composition, POV, light, colours and sharpness in this photo

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-25 10:30]

Hello Janice,
Very beautiful picture of this fungis. Excellent POV and DOF. Very good sharpness. Very nice background. Great light and wonderful colours.
Best regards

Kia Ora Janice,
Enough rain? hehe! makes me gone crazy!
Well captured on the Mushrooms with good closeness!
the exposure and focus is good with great details
take care and regards
mate Tony

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-26 2:02]

Hello Janice,
I've often wondered about the difference between a mushroom and a toadstool, but as I understand it, mushrooms are edible.
Those that grow from trees and tree stumps are generally inedible but there are exceptions. This species looks like Armillariella mellea, considered edible.
It attacks various species of tree and leads to their death.
If I am right about the ID it has most probably been inadvertently introduced to NZ.
A fine sharp and well composed illustration and thanks for sharing it,

Hello Janice,

Nice capture of these fungi. Beautiful natural colors. I like the composition. I'm sorry I can't help you by the ID.

POC, DOF and BG are good. Greetings and TFS BOB

Hi Janice,
I am surprised no one has been able to name this one for you as its a common species.
Gymnopilus junonius I would not be surprised if thats a Eucalyptus or a pine tree that its growing on.

Hi Janice
We don't often see mushrooms from you but these are great.
As for the ID .... hmmm .... I'm not quite sure yet.
We might have to confer with Clive on this one too.
Strange time of year to be finding fungi. Theres not many around here right now ... its been too wet.

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