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Mycena galericulata

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 5 November 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Mycena galericulata (Helmmycena (BE) / Common Bonnet (EN) / Rosablättriger Helmling (DE) / Mycène en casque (FR)) is a fungus species in the Mycenaceae family.

Although most of the Mycena species are difficult to identify, M. galericulata has some clearer characteristics than most. The cap's colour varies from greyish brown to dark brown and the shape is bell-like with an umbo. The name is derived from Galer, which means "helmet", referring to the bonnet-shaped caps. The cap is clearly striated, particularly at the margin. The species is "intervenose" (a term used in mycology to describe a mushroom which has veins in the spaces between the gills). The species can be found scattered to clustered on hardwood logs and stumps; fruiting from after the fall rains to mid-winter.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/20 second F/4.5 ISO 200 150 mm

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Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

I really like the composition of this group, a great macro as always

5 Nov 2010 8:00am

@Christine: There were several groups of this species in that area. It took me a while to decide on which group to portrait and finding the right angle. Thanks for you comment, Christine.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Since your girlfriend photographed you on the ground doing this I can picture you every time in relation to your photos, where you must have been crouched or laying down! Such tiny little umbrellas here. So now with your growing knowledge of mushrooms, can you tell what is edible and what is not? I know mushroomers really need to understand the species so they don't poison themselves. You seem to be at that level.

5 Nov 2010 12:33pm

@Dutçh: You're right: making portraits of fungi like this one, requires close to the ground work - not always easy but it keeps the body in shape :-). About the edibility: that is realy not my interest. For now, I just "study" on determination and on ecology on the species I find (and of course with the right determination it is easy to find out about the edibility). I like the diversity in forms, in structures. I enjoy the beauty and I try to make "nice" images to share the world my love and passion for all the beauty of nature. I think it is just a different approach than searching them to eat (or not).

myky from London, Canada

This is a beautiful composition...in every way!

5 Nov 2010 3:09pm

@myky: Thank you for your visit and kind comment, Myky.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Prachtplaat Johan, dat ukje ernaast doet 't ook goed!
(wat een leuke 'fotograaf in actie' foto staat er in je About:-)

5 Nov 2010 5:19pm

@Marleen: Die 'actiefoto' staat er al wel een tijdje (samen gepost met een resulterende foto). Als fotograaf sta je niet echt vaak op je eigen foto's he :-). Bedankt alweer voor je leuke commentaar, Marleen. Groetjes !

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Das ist ein einmaliges Foto - ganz nach meinem Geschmack. Wunderbar der ruhige Hintergrund im Ton der Pilzfamilie. Besonders reizend auch der Mini-Helmling auf der rechten Seite ! Ein schönes Wochenende wünscht Sonja

5 Nov 2010 5:21pm

@Loner: Thanks for your encouraging comment again, Sonja. I found several groups of these that day and it was not easy to decide which group to choose. The opportunity to get this background made me decide for this group, so glad you noticed and like it. Forecast is very rainy here for the weekend so think I won't go out on photo-trip. Enjoy your weekend too ! Greetz !

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Fantastic shot! I was walking in a forest the other day and I tried to find mushrooms. All I found was these tiny fungi and though I tried my best I wasn't happy with my photos. I have to say that taking such brilliant shots is really an achievement.

5 Nov 2010 6:36pm

@Marilla: Thank you very much for the apreciation, Marilla. I hope next time you can find some more photo-suitable species.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

very well framed with this moss

5 Nov 2010 10:15pm

@Veronique: Thank you very much, Veronique.

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Such a wonderful photo!

6 Nov 2010 1:21am

@flyingwind风飞扬: Thank you very much for your visit and your comment. Realy glad you like this one.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I just thought as a matter of study that was one of the things you glanced over, poisonous or not. I didn't think you were eating them. You are a preserver of beauty, not a devourer :)

6 Nov 2010 3:47pm

@Dutçh: I do like eating mushrooms :-) But I simply prefer buying them in the store. Greetz !

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Zo'n mooi groepje met hun voetjes in dat mooie mos en dan dat ukkie in de hoek, heel erg mooi Johan!

8 Nov 2010 7:35am

@Monique: Het loont altijd de moeite om eerst de omgeving te verkennen op zoek naar de beste mogelijkheden. Soms staan er zoveel groepjes in dezelfde buurt dat kiezen moeilijk wordt. Hier koos ik bewust voor de mogelijkheden van de rustige achtergrond (in bijpassende kleuren van de hoedjes) en de diversiteit in ouderdom van de verschillende exemplaren - van een "ukkie" tot een "oudje". Bedankt voor de moeite alweer een commentaartje te schrijven, Monique. Groetjes !

Tillymea from Stockholm, Sweden

These three elevated, hidden delicate fungi...

wow love your pics :)))))))

11 Nov 2010 9:43am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

The moss provides a nice little hedge for this group.

16 Nov 2010 10:33am

Canon EOS 400D
1/20 second
ISO 200
150 mm