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Lepiota felina

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 29 October 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Lepiota felina (Panterparasolzwam (BE) / ? "a" dapperling (EN) / Schwarzschuppiger Schirmling (DE) / Lépiote nez-de-chat, Lépiote fêline (FR)) is a fungus in the Agaricaceae family.
The entire cap (diameter between 2 and 4 cm) is dark brown to almost black when in bud, the cuticle breaks up into minute erect scales as the cap expands. It is a toxic species, statet "Rare" in Belgium.

The alternation between "long" and "short" gills attracted my attention so I tried to stress that aspect of this fragile fungus in this image. The background are freshly fallen autumn-colored leaves.

Image: Schilde (BE) - 03/10/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/25 second F/6.3 ISO 200 150 mm

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Véro from Savoie, France

you're a great specialist for all details , I really appreciate to discover them through eyes , cause I do not take enough time to admire those beauty. You propabably use special macro flash , do you ?

29 Oct 2010 7:09am

@Véro: I don't use flash for my nature-macro-images. I even do not own a macro flash (although it is on my wish-list). I just have a regular Canon "Speedlite 580EX II" - but I only use that on occasionally indoor work. I did some experiments with using that flash on macro but the results did not look good to me. There is no greater light for a nature-photographer but the sun ! (and indeed - there are some occasions where it becomes impossible to make good images - so it be ...). Thanks for your comment, Véro. Greetz !

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Lumineuse composition!

29 Oct 2010 7:41am

@Olivier: Thank you very much for your comment, Olivier.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

is there a raison for the alternation ? Great macro

29 Oct 2010 9:21am

@Veronique: In nature there is always a reason ... the problem is to discover :-)
As for these gills: gills are designed to make the available fertile space bigger. The more fertile space, available the more spores that can be formed, the better the chances for succesfull reproduction. (In nature it almost always concerns reproduction...) When filling the cap of the mushroom with "normal" gills (from the edge of the cap all the way till the stipe) there will be some space left at the edge of the cap, but less space at the stipes- end. (it looks a bit like a bicycle wheel ...). There can be made some additional gills in between the regular ones, but not all the way to the stipe, they have to stop somewhere about the middle and logically they are less tall ... By doing this there is just more fertile space... Hope you can see the logic in this explanation...

Lougris from Toulouse, France

joli portrait !!:)
moi j'aime beaucoup la "lépiote élevée". au four avec un peu de beurre persillé c'est divin !!:)

29 Oct 2010 12:59pm

@Lougris: Thanks for commenting Lougris. You are making me hungry :-)))

Sylvia from -, Netherlands

Juist de lamellen vind ik altijd zo mooi aan een paddenstoel. Mooie verzameling paddo's heb je in je portfolio! :)

29 Oct 2010 7:10pm

@Sylvia: Die lamellen kunnen inderdaad heerlijke patronen vormen. En het is nu eenmaal "paddenstoelen-tijd" - dus probeer ik die maar vast te leggen. Bedankt voor je bezoek en je complimenten, Sylvia.

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

It's perfect !!!!! , you are an artist really, the details are in the fungus, but you have the ability to capture them . thanks . Alex

30 Oct 2010 1:58am

@AMH: That is a realy nice comment to read, Alex. Thank you very much. Greetz !

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Another beautiful example of selective focus, with a very pleasing background.

31 Oct 2010 1:21am

@Julie Brown: That is becomming my "Trade-mark" I think :-))) Have a nice day, Julie.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Lovely lighting (and selective focus, as Julie just wrote). I like the composition too.

31 Oct 2010 10:27am

@Marilla: Thank you very much, Marilla.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

A very interesting linear pattern, you're right.

31 Oct 2010 11:47pm

@Dutçh: Thx, Kristen.

Céline from New York City, United States

Congratulations for the spotlight colors ! Beautiful tones and shot !

3 Nov 2010 5:04pm

@Céline: Thank you very much, Céline. This color spotlight was a little "unexpected" here :-)

Canon EOS 400D
1/25 second
ISO 200
150 mm