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Pluteus leoninus

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

Pluteus leoninus (Goudgele hertenzwam (BE) / Lion Shield (EN) / Löwengelber Dachpilz (DE) / Plutée couleur de lion (FR)) is a fungus in the Pluteaceae family. The species name "leoninus" (meaning like a lion) refers to the bright tawny or olivaceaous yellow color of the cap. The cap is slightly fibrous and has a faintly grooved margin. The centre of the cap can be usually darker with olivaceous tone. The cap is also hygrophanous. The underside of the cap is typical of the genus Pluteus: Gills are free, pale pink and edged with yellow. The stipe is white, even and striate with yellowish tinge from base upwards. The whole stem can become tinged pinkish as spores land on it. The species can only be found on dead wood.

Image: Schilde (BE) - 21/09/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Marilla from Turku, Finland

Great lighting and angle of view! I like your fungi-photos - you make them visible also to people who don't notice them.

7 Oct 2010 7:41am

@Marilla: Thank you very much for this comment, Marilla. That is one of my goals: showing something most people just don't notice ... So this comment realy makes me happy :-) Greetz !

Florence from Paris, France

Oh, the exquisite shot Johan, love these rich and warm colors echoeing fall. Your focus is perfect. An intimate shot in fact.

7 Oct 2010 8:47am

@Florence: Thank you very much for all your compliments. I find "intimate" a very nice description for this one. THX Florence ! Greetz !

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

Great light. I love how you have captured the one in the background too ^^

7 Oct 2010 9:04am

@kitty: I made an image with the opposite focus: the one in the background in focus and the one in the foreground out of focus - when you compare the images it is hard to tell which one is in front of the other one ... But I liked this one more so ... Glad you like it too :-) Thx Kitty. Greetz !

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I like how you show the detail on the top and underside. The low angle helps to give scale to the environment.

7 Oct 2010 11:51pm

@Julie Brown: I think it is like all images: the angle and focus-plane are always important. Compare with butterfly or bird-images : the best images are the one's taken at eye-level... with the eye tack-sharp. So I try to find the right angle and focus point for mushrooms as well (And I think i'm getting close). Thanks for the comment again, Julie - always very interesting to read how you see my images. THX!

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Marilla, has voiced it, I am developing a fascination for spotting fungus

8 Oct 2010 7:16am

@Christine: I'm very glad you do !!! Hope you can just be as amazed as I am by the forms, colors and structures you'll find. Greetz for you, Christine !

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Sweet! love the big brother in the background!

19 Oct 2010 1:14pm

@daniela scharnowski: Big brother is always watching ... Thx for all your comments in your limited time, Daniela !
Have some nice days out there and don't stress up too much ...

Anita Pena from Bretagne, France

Très belle profondeur de champ et superbe lumière pour ces petits lutins de la forêt

23 Jan 2011 9:49pm

@Anita Pena: Thank you for visiting some of my older images here on the site, Anita. Glad you like them. Greetz !

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