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Calocera cornea

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 10 September 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Calocera cornea (Geel hoorntje (BE) / No common name found (EN) / Laubholzhörnling (DE) / Calocère cornue (FR) ) is a fungus in the Dacrymycetaceae family.

Its yellow to orange, finger-like, tapering basidiocarps (fruiting bodys) are somewhat gelatinous in texture and have often brown points. In typical specimens the basidiocarps become up to 3mm in diameter, and 1,5 cm in height. The hymenium covers the sides of the basidiocarps, each basidium producing and forcibly discharging only two basidiospores. Under favorable conditions, it is smooth and sticky. In dry weather conditions this mushroom shrinks into a hard, horny mass, but regenerates in humid weather conditions. It can be found mainly from August through November. It is a Saprotroph species, mostly found scattered or in groups on decaying wood. This group was found on a dead beech trunk.

Image: Ranst (BE) - 04/09/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/20 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Fantastic macro, they are a beautiful colour and look very alive

10 Sep 2010 6:42am

@Christine: Thanks again for your comment, Christine. The color is indeed very striking.

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

excellent. I have seen that kind of fungi here but don't have a good enough macro to capture it as well as you have ^^

10 Sep 2010 7:57am

@kitty: Nice to know this kind of fungus occurs in Korea too. The best lens for making images is always the lens you own and not the one still in the store ;-) But if you plan to do macro on a regular basis, buying a real macro-lens is a good invenstment.

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

can we eat that?...love these colors so much!!!

10 Sep 2010 12:28pm

@KriKridesign: I don't realy know if this species is eadible but I doubt you would tast anything... did you notice the dimentions of this fungus ?? Maybe it is designed to repair a cavity in one of the tooth ... The color is indeed striking ! (But even with this color many people just "overlook" this fungus ... !) Have a nice weekend, Christine !

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Great capture! You make every photo look like it's taken in a studio.

10 Sep 2010 3:02pm

@Marilla: My "studio" is outdoor nature ... combined with good observation and patience ... For this image I waited more then 15 min for the sun to touch the front part of the fungus. (Above this group there was a big tree, filtering the sunlight with its leaves.) I just don't rush into an image (anymore), unless it is an "action-shot" of course ...

carla from Netherlands

Deze ben ik nog nooit tegengekomen, mooie compositie en prachtige kleuren.

10 Sep 2010 6:09pm

@carla: Het is nochthans een heel vaak voorkomend paddenstoeltje, maar meestal erg klein en onopvallend. Grotere groepen zoals deze zijn eerder zeldzaam. Bij je volgende wandeling in een beukenbos moet je maar eens op de omgevallen beukenstammen of takken kijken - wedden dat je deze gele hoorntjes tegenkomt ? :-) Succes !

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

This is very pretty. Have I mentioned how nice your backgrounds are? :)

11 Sep 2010 1:30pm

@Julie Brown: did you ??? :P

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Ein Pilzfoto ist schöner als das andere - schon das Finden und Bestimmen ist eine tolle Leistung - dann aber noch solche Fotos zu zaubern - genial !

15 Sep 2010 4:35pm

@Loner: You make me blush, Sonja. Maybe like you I don't know an anwer on this kind of comments ... Greetz !

Canon EOS 400D
1/20 second
ISO 200
150 mm