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Laccaria amethystina

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 1 November 2010 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

Laccaria amethystina (Rodekoolzwam - Amethystzwam (BE) / Amethyst Deceiver (EN) / Violetter Lacktrichterling (DE) / Laccaire améthyste (FR)) is a species of fungi in the Hydnangiaceae family. It is a small brightly colored, edible mushroom, mycorrhizal with hardwoods (especially partial to oak and beech). Because its bright amethyst coloration fades with age and weathering (often resulting in "two-toned" specimens like the aged one in the image), it becomes difficult to identify, hence the common name ‘Deceiver’.
Research has shown that L. amethystina is a so-called "ammonia fungus", an ecological classification referring to those fungi that grow abundantly on soil after the addition of ammonia, or other nitrogen-containing material.

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

Canon EOS 400D 3/10 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

like the stone "la rose des sables"

1 Nov 2010 9:45am

@Veronique: I know that mineral ... collected them in my younger years. And indeed, those can be formed the same way with almost the same colors. Nice comparison... Have a wonderfull day, Veronique. Greetz !

Rodolf from Girona, Spain

Después de una temporada ausente del "Aminus" he vuelto y visitado tu fotoblog. No tengo mas que palabras de alabanza para tus fotografías. Un trabajo magnifico de un gusto exquisito.
Mis mas sinceras felicitaciones.

1 Nov 2010 10:14am

@Rodolf: For me it is difficult to understand the Spanish but I think I got the essence of your comment, Rodolf. Thank you very much and have a nice day.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Großartig !

1 Nov 2010 12:55pm

@Loner: I'm almost sure you know this species? It should be very common throughout whole of Europe... The younger ones have a more "normal" formed cap while this aged specimen is curved upside-down. It was a wonderfull occasion to get this gill-structure. Thanks so much again for your comment, Sonja.

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Exact focussing on the edge of the fungi. Intnfo too.eresting i

1 Nov 2010 1:02pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Interesting info too....!

1 Nov 2010 1:02pm

@Michael: Thanks again for your comment(s) Michael. I think focus is essential in this type of macro - it is just a matter of mm-work here ...

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Prachtige vormen en details, met een mooie scherptediepte!!

1 Nov 2010 7:19pm

@Mascha: Oudere exemplaren van deze soort hebben wel eens de neiging om "binnenstebuiten" te keren waardoor de plaatjes helemaal vrij langs de rand naar boven krullen. Prima gelegenheid dan voor dit soort opnames. Groetjes !

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Ziet er reusachtig uit zo! Superclose- top!

1 Nov 2010 8:04pm

@Marleen: Jij had op 17 sept een jong exemplaartje te pakken. Deze is al wat "overjaars". Als de hoed doorgroeit, komen de plaatjes op deze manier naar buiten gekruld. De hoed krolt als het ware volledig om in de verkeerde richting. Dat geeft dan de kans tot dit soort opnamen. Dank voor je commentaar, Marleen. Groetjes.

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

I'm holding you an artist not a photographer. what's on your soul. Alex

2 Nov 2010 3:22am

@AMH: Whow, thank you for this comment, Alex. It is an honor to be called "artist". Have a nice day.

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Superb macro, really interesting angle

2 Nov 2010 6:49am

@Christine: Thanks, Christine. Camera straight on the ground for this one :-) Greetz !

GIPSY ELENA from Basauri, Spain


25 Dec 2010 10:54pm

Canon EOS 400D
3/10 second
ISO 200
150 mm