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Helvella crispa

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 12 September 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Helvella crispa (Witte kluifzwam (BE) / white saddle (EN) / Herbstlorchel (DE) / Helvelle crépue (FR) ) is an ascomycete fungus of the Helvellaceae family. This mushroom is easy to identify by its irregularly shaped whitish cap ('crispa' = 'wrinkled' or 'curly'), fluted stem, and fuzzy undersurfaces. It can be found in Europe, eastern North America, China and Japan near deciduous trees in summer and autumn.

Image: Visé (BE) - 11/09/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/125 second F/14.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Almost cute, beautiful macro I love the mossy base

12 Sep 2010 6:26am

@Christine: The forms of this mushroom are always very weard but the patterns are just great to create some unusual images... Greetz, Christine.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

excellent light and focus. Is it eatable ?

12 Sep 2010 6:57am

@Veronique: I don't know the eadibility of this species. It is just one of the things I don't look up because I won't eat them anyway - just like to enjoy finding them :-) But I'm sure if you put the scientific name into google you'll find that information :-)

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

beautiful light ^^

12 Sep 2010 8:21am

@kitty: Thanks for commenting again, Kitty.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Wonderful lighting and DOF!

12 Sep 2010 9:19am

@Marilla: The shape of this one works very inspiring for macro's :-). Thank's for your comment again, Marilla. Have a great day !

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Interesting shape. It is named appropriately. Is it nestled in a bed of tiny ferns?

12 Sep 2010 12:59pm

@Julie Brown: The shape is unusual for a mushroom... but inspiring for some realy abstract images ... Those are not ferns but moss (porbably Calliergonella cuspidata or "Pointed Spear-moss" but there are many look-alikes and I did not determine the moss on site.) The fungus was untill a few years ago a rare species around here but in recent years they show up all over the area.

Candais from Lisieux, Canada

Really great details in this photo...very nice!!

12 Sep 2010 6:57pm

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

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

etonnant champignon !!! belle composition ,comme a ton habitude !
amitiés !

12 Sep 2010 7:53pm

@marc battault: It is an unexpected form for a fungus, don't you think ? Thanks again for commenting, Marc. Greetz!

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

What a gorgeously abstracted fungus!

13 Sep 2010 1:01am

@Dutçh: I'm sure you would make some realy abstract macro's out of this one .... (And so did I :P).

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Oh yes, moss of course!

14 Sep 2010 9:56am

@Julie Brown: :-)

RomanRandom from Yamaguchi, Slovakia

It looks almost like an old man frawning. Great shot!

16 Sep 2010 4:37am

@RomanRandom: Forms and structures in the fungi-world can be very varied... Thanks, Roman.

Canon EOS 400D
1/125 second
ISO 200
150 mm