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Cloud Fungus

Cloud Fungus
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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: 2006-07-01
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-06 11:14
Viewed: 5956
Points: 22
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Yet another one from the Zongo valley - the Andean cloud forest.
I assume this is a fungus although I am not completely sure. In such a wet climate one can expect to find some fungus but also some strange insects.
This thing was growing on a raspberry plant and the color was so intense it looked unreal. There were a few of these balls all on the same plant.
Access was not easy so composition could be better - I am well aware of the leaf in the front...

The Andean Cloud forest runs along the eastern slopes of the Andes all the way from Colombia to Bolivia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A cloud forest is a generally tropical or subtropical evergreen montane forest characterized by a high incidence of low-level cloud cover, usually at the canopy level.

Typically, there is a relatively small band of altitude in which the atmospheric environment is suitable for cloud forest development. This is characterized by persistent mist or clouds at the vegetation level, resulting in the reduction of direct sunlight and thus of evapotranspiration. Trees in these regions are generally shorter and more heavily stemmed than in lower altitude forests in the same regions, and the moisture promotes the development of an abundance of vascular epiphytes. This results in abundant moss and fern covering, and frequently flowers such as orchids may be found. Soils are rich but boggy, with a preponderance of peats and humus. Within cloud forests, much of the precipitation is in the form of fog drip, where fog condenses on tree leaves and then drips onto the ground below.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-11-06 11:38]
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Hello Shir,
Interesting photo you've sent in. By just looking at it my first reaction was also that it was an exotic fungus, but when I think about the nature of the growth resembles a gall more than a fungus. Fungal growth of this type on trees tends to be smooth. The cause of the bright orange colouring could well be fungal but I guess this is a growth caused by a gall wasp or other insect, possibly covered by fungal growth.
Nice presentation.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-06 15:50]

Wow whatever this is it has an amazing colour. Excellent POV and details



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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-07 4:58]

Hello Shir,
Very interesting fungus and it's new to me.POV,colors,details,framing,your note and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-11-07 17:18]

Hola Shir:
Interesante composiciòn, con lindos colores y detalles. Muy buena la nota, tambièn.

Hola Shir, interesante hongo que nos muestras en toda su belleza, el color es precioso. La nota muy interesante

Hi Shir
Very interesting growth. Are we sure it is not hallucinogenic :-)
Great detail and texture. Your note is particularly interesting.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-11-11 14:43]

Hi Shir,
Quite amazing that nature is capable of creating such a deep and vibrant colour.Liked your note and the explanation by "Argus".Good DOF with the kit lens.The low light has given good texture.Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Regards, David

Muy buenas Shir
Menudo viajecito te diste, debe de ser una zona increible para ver, fotografiar y disfrutar de esas bellezas naturales. Y de las que nos estamos cargando sin llegar a conocerlas..... pero bueno eso es otro tema.
Curiosa foto de ese hongo, me gusta también mucho la bromelia que subiste....
Un saludo

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-16 12:03]

Hi Shir.
Very colourful and beautiful close-up. Perfect sharpness and details orange fungus. You have selected DOF excellently: BG is very nice and well blurred. The note and presentation of the shot are fine. My compliments and TFS.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-17 7:48]

Hi Shir.
Such resembling phenomenon am near us saw on shrub Dog Rose.Very nice details and amazing colours.Pretty contrast opposite dark background.Very interesting photo.
Greetings Milos

Hello Shir,
impressing document on cloud forest, well taken and presented. Well written instructive notes.
Thank you! Best regards,

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