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Hygrocybe conica

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 11 November 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Hygrocybe conica (Zwartwordende wasplaat (BE) / Witch's hat (EN) / Schwärzende Saftling (DE) / hygrophore conique (FR)) is is a colourful fungus of the genus Hygrocybe (the waxcaps) in the Hygrophoraceae family.
Other members of this genus in my older posts can be found here)

This member of the waxy cap group is recognized by its distinctly conic cap (sometimes convex with a conic point), usually between 2 and 7 cm. Fruiting bodys are colored yellow to scarlet when young, but all parts of the fungus blacken in age or when bruised. Occasionally one will encounter all black, still relatively fresh specimens (like the one in the image) in the field.
Most specimens I found had only irregular spots or parts blackening but in this one the almost complete and very even half-way blackening of the yellow cap resulted in an almost bronzen or golden colored specimen, accentuating the typical finely hairy structures in the cap. By far the most beautiful specimen of this species I ever saw !

Image: Schilde (BE) - 05/10/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Tillymea from Stockholm, Sweden

Unbelievably special tones and the shimmer of the fungal slippery surface, incredibly well captured,
the green that breaks up the fungal foot :))))) Congratulations!

11 Nov 2010 9:37am

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Magnifique photo ... j'aime beaucoup ... netteté et cadrage excellents ... Félicitations

11 Nov 2010 12:05pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Beautiful light, making it a lovely bronze, gold colour, I'm not surprised you were pleased with that find

11 Nov 2010 2:28pm

Candais from Lisieux, Canada

I agree with everything Tillymea said. Really wonderful

11 Nov 2010 2:28pm

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Magnífica colección de setas,esta en particular esta muy bien hecha.Buen trabajo.Saludos.

11 Nov 2010 10:28pm

myky from London, Canada

I love how you include the green to showcase the main subject...superb detail and effect!

11 Nov 2010 10:38pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Schon wieder ein großartiges Foto ! Mir gefällt besonders der metallische Glanz !

12 Nov 2010 5:36pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Perfect shape, bokeh and colours! 5 stars.

13 Nov 2010 4:20pm

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Beautiful little cap on this specimen !
It's a nice mushroom!
Wonderful light and tones !

18 Nov 2010 7:28am

Jen from United States

Wow! This is amazing! I love the rich tones and the shallow dof and the composition. It's just stunning!

21 Nov 2010 9:24pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/250 second
ISO 200
150 mm