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The Decay Succession

The Decay Succession
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-15
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EFS 17-85 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): FUNGI, MUSHROOMS, LICHEN - WORLD WIDE [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-02 18:11
Viewed: 3533
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Phellinus Tremulae

Dead and decaying trees are so important to a forest. The nutrients from dead trees and leaves are slowly composted and released back into the ground. Some trees take as long as 100 years depending on the species and how large they were.

The typical pattern of decay and breakdown is by colonisation of other organisms. When a tree dies it will be invaded by insects, fungi and parasites. The fungi tend to begin the work of decaying the less nutritious part of the tree. Fungi have threadlike mycelia that penetrate the tissue of the tree which allows entry of other organisms.

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Life and Death in Naturewinterpalace 3 12-13 11:21
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Hello Janice,
Nice shot and well seen image. Enjoy reading your note. Very well done and tfs.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-08-03 4:02]

Hello Janice,
Very nice shot.Well seen and composed.Clear details,lighting,POV and visual impact are wonderful.

Hi Janice,
Interesting capture. It really seems to be one of those thing about a forest or natural place that is usually or commonly over looked or not even thought about by most people. Thanks for showing it and explaining it clearly in your notes.
Good photo and notes,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-03 7:04]
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A fascinating composition and an original idea

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-08-03 20:16]

A fun guy and his friend, Moss! A nice story, Janice. I think you got just enough DoF here -- any more and the bg would be distracting; any less and the whole 'shroom wouldn't be in focus. So you're getting the hang of that camera, eh?
P.S. We did some berry picking at Broxburn a couple weeks ago and had a great lunch in the restaurant. All thanks to your tip.

Buenos detalles y colores los de esta imagen tuya Janice.
Buen encuadre y acertado DoF.
Saludos, JL.

Hi Janice,
Fine detailed capture of fungi, moss and algae near the forest floor...Vivid natural coloration and unusual subject make for an interesting photo...Well done...


Hi Janice,
A great example and note on how even in death, a tree gives so much life to other living things. A nice exposure here. Colors and detail look very good.

Hi Janice,
I have always liked the look of fungi on decomposing trees,they are tiny ecosystems in and of themselves.A nice capture busy with interesting details and wonderful colour with good focus brings this capture to life.Tfs. Bob

Hi Janice,
It's true. Life would be impossible without fungi - most of all without those causing white caries, because no other (macroscopic) living creatures are able to remove lygnine (from the tree), and there isn't too much microscopical ones either. Your ID specification's good and the pic's harmonizing with the note - Phellinus species are causing white caries, they're perennial and live for many years if they're left in peace.
Tfs, best regards from Hungary, László

Hi Janice

Very interesting document of life and death in nature.



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