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Auriscalpium vulgare

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 7 March 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Auriscalpium vulgare (Earpick Fungus - Oorlepelzwam) is recognized by its unusual kidney-shaped, hairy brown cap, laterally attached stipe and habit of growing on pine cones. Although it is a fairly common, it is seldom collected due to its small size and drab coloration. It grows from May till November, but the older specimens can be found during the whole year.

(More pictures and some explanation (in Dutch) on my Wordpress-blog)

Image: Pulle (Be) - 06/03/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/5 second F/8.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Florence from Paris, France

Really looks like an alien with an embedded camera ! Mars attacks ! :-)
more seriously, this is a very good shot, full of spectacular colors and details.

7 Mar 2010 8:58am

@Florence: Thank you very much, Florence. Most of the details are not visible without magnification (like the hairy hat). That's what makes macro so attractive to me.

Patricia from Brecht, Belgium

Wat mooi zeg, schitterend, die haartjes die je ziet, knap (✿◠ ‿ ◠)❤

7 Mar 2010 10:25am

@Patricia: Dank je, Patricia. Ik was ook verwonderd door die grote haardos. Eigenlijk is die pas echt zichtbaar op de foto of met een goede loep. Met het blote oog merk je wel wat beharing, maar lang niet zo grof als op deze foto te zien is. Een detailfoto van de haartjes op de hoed kan je op mijn Wordpress-blog bekijken.

Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

Exceptional image..!

7 Mar 2010 12:10pm

@Michael: Thank you very much for your visit and your comment, Michael.

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Prachtig, een onondekt stukje aarde !!
Mooie details, kleur en compositie!!
Complimenten voor je blog, er staan geweldige foto's op !!

7 Mar 2010 1:01pm

@Mascha: Heel erg bedankt voor al je lovende woorden, Mascha. Je bent steeds welkom op deze pagina's of mijn blog.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Wow, this is unusual to me. First time I've seen such a structure. It's a nice furry brown plant. That touch of green in the shot is just right.

7 Mar 2010 3:57pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you for your visit and your comment, Steve. There is always a first time to see things ... I think this species (Fungus - not plant) or a similar one can be found in the States too. So look around in pine-forests and who knows ...

jim from sebastopol, United States

very well done, with beautiful lighting !

7 Mar 2010 4:40pm

@jim: Thank you very much, Jim. The lighting was very difficult... in a pine forest there is not much light ... I'm glad it turned out very well.

Marie-France from Sceaux d, France

amazing macro... very nice...

7 Mar 2010 5:26pm

@Marie-France: Thank you for your visit and your comments (also on pictures I posted before). I'm really glad you like them and hope to see you again here.

Steffie from Netherlands

Nooit geweten. Ga zeker eens beter opletten. Prachtige foto trouwens.

7 Mar 2010 6:23pm

@Steffie: Natuur kan inderdaad steeds blijven verrassen ... Volgende keer als je onder dennen loopt een keer extra naar de kegeltjes kijken en wie weet .... Bedankt voor je compliment, Steffie.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I really like the detail and color here, Johan.

7 Mar 2010 6:40pm

@Julie Brown: Thank you, Julie. I like this picture very much myself. I think it's one of the best I made lately.

Ralph from Overijssel, Netherlands

Mooi zeg, ook die achtergrond die mooi meekleurt! Klasse.

7 Mar 2010 7:16pm

@Ralph: Bedankt voor je complimenten, Ralph. De foto heeft me een dik half uur gekost om de juiste hoek, achtergrond en lichtinval bij mekaar te krijgen, maar ben zelf tevreden over het resultaat :-)

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

I ´ve never seen a mushroom wearing furs ;D
Beautifully composed and captured Johan. The little mossy is the perfect companion, great macro!

7 Mar 2010 10:21pm

@daniela scharnowski: This one desperately needs a hairdresser ;-) Thank you for your visit and your kind comment.

Ajay from Pune, India

What a neat presentation. So nicely framed.

8 Mar 2010 1:49am

@Ajay: Thank you for your visit and kind comment, Ajay.

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Prachtige macro!

15 Feb 2011 1:26pm

@Aubélia: Je bent echt wel bezig met heel mijn portfolio te doorbladeren blijkbaar. (Doet me plezier hoor). Dank je om hier alsnog een commentaartje achter te laten. Groetjes en een fijne dag nog !

Canon EOS 400D
1/5 second
ISO 200
150 mm