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Clavaria fragilis

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 30 September 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Clavaria fragilis (Wormvormige knotszwam (BE) / white spindles (EN) / Wurmförmige Keule (DE) / Clavaire vermiculée (FR) ) is a species of fungus in the Clavariaceae family, producing tubular, white basidiocarps (fruit bodies) in clusters. It is the type species of the genus Clavaria and is a typical member of the clavarioid or club fungi. Fruit bodies are irregularly tubular, smooth to furrowed, sometimes compressed, very fragile, white, up to 150 by 5 mm, typically growing in dense clusters. The tip of the fruit body tapers to a point, and may yellow and curve with age. It grows in woodland and in grassland and is presumed to be saprotrophic, rotting down fallen leaf litter and dead grass stems. I found this specimen at the edge of a trail through the wood. The highest specimen here measures about 40mm x 3 mm

Image: Schilde (BE) - 17/09/2010

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

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Julie from Le Cannet des Maures, France

La composition, la lumière, les couleurs, comme d'habitude tout est parfait

30 Sep 2010 6:05am

@Julie: Once more one of those species most people just don't notice when walking. Thank you very much for all the compliments you make, Julie.

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

a modern art piece! Bravo!!!

30 Sep 2010 6:13am

@KriKridesign: Nature can be art too - but you did know that :p Thanks !!!

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

really gorgeous ^^

30 Sep 2010 8:34am

@kitty: A very nice specimen I think. Thanks Kitty.

Marleen from Netherlands

Elegant en fragiel zwammetje....Mooi!

30 Sep 2010 8:41am

@Marleen: Dank voor je commentaar, Marleen. Het is een zeer klein zwammetje, maar met een loep is het wondermooi !

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

they must be minute too ! excellent light

30 Sep 2010 9:24am

@Veronique: Indeed they are, Veronique. You have to go down on your knees and use a magnifying glass to see the real beauty.

Florence from Paris, France

Great POV. Where you lying on the ground (I suspect you did Johan). I knew you were brave. ;-))
I'm always amazed by the variety of mushrooms existing on earth.

30 Sep 2010 10:47am

@Florence: This is indeed a very low ground-shot ... Most of the time I do not completely get down but I'm sitting on my knees using an angle vieuwer... a bit more practical :-)

carla from leeuwarden, Netherlands

Mooie compositie en mooi belicht.
Die zie je niet vaak, wat bijzonder.

30 Sep 2010 1:12pm

@carla: Het is nochthans echt geen zeldzame soort, maar je oog moet er op vallen. Ze zijn behoorlijk klein en komen vaak tussen hoger gras voor, wat het vinden moeilijker maakt. Hier had ik het geluk dat ze echt op de rand van het wandelpad stonden te schitteren.

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Prachtige macro... de kleuren zijn schitterend en die paddestoel is zo speciaal. Een heel mooie reeks trouwens ;) Prettige dag Johan !

30 Sep 2010 1:45pm

@Tamara: Dank voor je complimenten, Tamara. Ik zit helemaal in de paddenstoelen deze weken... het is herfst voor iets toch ? Fijne dagen voor je !

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Strange and interesting life form. A perfect image.

30 Sep 2010 5:51pm

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

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

une jolie naissance !!
amitiés !

30 Sep 2010 9:56pm

@marc battault: Thanks for your comment again, Marc. Greetz.

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Fabulous photo! a background and a superb light!
thank you again for explanations, it's always very interesting!

1 Oct 2010 4:19am

@Demo: I'm glad you read the explanations. Thanks for commenting on this one. Have a nice time there !

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Due to following your Aminus blog I now walk the dog with my eyes on the ground to find mushrooms. This is a superb shot

1 Oct 2010 9:04am

@Christine: That is a superb comment for me ! I'm glad you are looking to find mushrooms due to seeing my images. Hope you can find some awesome species and get amazed as I am. Have some nice walks out there, Christine.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

How did you get this translucent lighting? It is as if they are glowing. I like the low angle you shot from.

2 Oct 2010 10:17pm

@Julie Brown: Just backlit by the sun ... a little from aside in order not to have the sun shining in the front element of the lens. For me the angle is logical: Portraits of people are mostly made at eye-level, Images of animals: eye-level - so plants and mushrooms ... search for the eye ;-))).

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