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Lycoperdon perlatum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 13 October 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Lycoperdon perlatum (Parelstuifzwam (BE) / Common puffball (EN) / Flaschenstäubling (DE) / Vesse-de-loup perlée (FR)) is a fungus in the Agaricaceae family. This moderate-sized puffball mushroom is easily identified by its cream to light tan color cap with an apical pore, conical spines which fall off in age leaving scars, and well developed sterile base. When mature the species becomes brown and a hole in the top opens to release the spores in a burst when the body is compressed by raindrops, a touch, falling nuts, etc.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/50 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Hallo, Johan ! Ein Wahnsinn, wie du deine Serie noch steigern kannst ! Deine Fotos anzuschauen ist immer wieder ein Genuß ! LG Sonja

13 Oct 2010 5:38am

@Loner: It is the fist season I realy try to make good images of mushrooms (I did some registration-shots before but now I try to get up a level) So I'm just trying with the experience from orchids and butterflies in mind :-) I'm very glad you already like these but I think I still can improve. Warm greetz for you and your husband !

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Wow, another nice little fungus! Good composition and bokeh.

13 Oct 2010 7:56am

@Marilla: This one is standing on the ground. It is a common species around here. Just had to search for the right specimen to capture.

Mimoore from Melbourne, Australia

That's an evil-looking fungus. Nice shot.

13 Oct 2010 9:37am

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

Barbara from Florida, United States

This really caught my eye. Nice selective focus capturing the textures of this interesting fungi. Just as interesting is your narrative about it. The colorful soft focus background is beautiful.

13 Oct 2010 1:20pm

@Barbara: Thanks for commenting, Barbara. For those who are interested I always try to give some relevant information on the species. I'm glad you like that.

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique lumière et très belle composition.

13 Oct 2010 3:55pm

@Marie: Thank you very much, Marie. I mostly make my images in late-afternoon-sunlight to get the "golden"-touch in the image.

KriKridesign from Cully, Afghanistan

Hmmm, this one is very excellent...When it is fresh...After when it is old and dark brown, we call it " Wolf's fart..." This is the familiar name of this guy... :-))

13 Oct 2010 7:34pm

@KriKridesign: So "Wolf's fart" in stead of "Flaschenstäubling" ? I thinks that is more like the french name then ... It is a common species around here but never tasted it :-)

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

I have only ever seen smooth puff balls, we had one the size of a football in the garden last year, which we ate. This one looks much more interesting.

13 Oct 2010 8:23pm

@Christine: The football sized will be "Calvatia gigantea" syn. "Langermannia gigantea". I saw these for the first time in the beginning of the season around here. Interesting you have them in your garden !!! The species I show in this image is much smaller but the details are very nice i think ... those footballs don't have these pins, right ?

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Lovely light, Johan. It kind of looks like a golfball on a tee. :)

13 Oct 2010 10:59pm

@Julie Brown: You know what happens if you knock with your golf-club on this one ? .... :-))))

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

Point of view, depth of field, detail, texture ... wow

14 Oct 2010 2:43am

@Garfield: Thank you very much, Garfield. I'm glad you like this one.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

haaaaa for once : I've got those in my garden !! (but not your talent for shooting them)

14 Oct 2010 12:28pm

@Veronique: ah you see - there are possibilities to find mushrooms all over - even in your garden !!! (And I think we all have the talent to make the images we want to make - just have to practice enough to devellop. I can't make the images you are making - so everyone is unique !)

London Caller from United Kingdom

Amazing macro!
Well done.

14 Oct 2010 6:15pm

@London Caller: Thank you for your visit and comment !

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Wow excellent texture on this baby.. it looks like a nubbly lightbulb!

15 Oct 2010 4:54pm

@Dutçh: There are some mushrooms giving "light" at night - but this one isn't :-) It is a rather common species around here and always a delight to find them.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

I love this one - so delicate in colour and compo - and the texture of them is fascinating!

19 Oct 2010 1:10pm

@daniela scharnowski: Thx, Daniela. I do like the texture in this species also. I'm just trying now to get good images of all different patterns and textures I find in mushrooms - not easy to accomplish.

Canon EOS 400D
1/50 second
ISO 200
150 mm