The Fungi Challenge

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Hi all,

Well, Autumn is upon us, as I'm sure you're only too aware. As most of us know this is the best time of the year to see the most photogenic of ....erm...things, the humble fungi, in all of its guises. Soo, I know there's quite a lot of us on here now that do a bit of photography, but the beauty of this challenge is anyone who owns a compact with a macro setting on it (the tulip icon), can have a go. So, to keep ourselves entertained whilst we wait for the return of the big orange ball in the sky, get out and get some fungi shots. They don't have to be technically exact encyclopedia type shots, add some artistic flare if you wish. There's no time limit as such, just keep sticking them up and maybe we'll get someone neutral to pick a winner in the new year.

I'll get the ball rolling with a couple from today. Kudos points to anyone who can identify any of the ones that go up. My two are called....pinky and perky, not sure of the Latin name though.



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No idea of names...


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This one looks like 'Beefsteak' (Fistulina Hepatica) or 'Ox Tongue' fungus to me, Sandy. As you would imagine, it's edible. Never tried it though.. looks shite :puke:

Nice work, Pengs... will have to see what I can do.
 

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Up to my eyes in it!!!!
Perhaps we could have a taste test for some of these?
We could enter names for those we would like to sample the death cap or the avenging angel.:eek:;)

Nice post though Stu. See lots of fungi on my travels and often wondered what they all were. kept a health distance from them mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I dont think I would ever be comfortable eating a wild mushroon I had picked myself.

Doddle, Graham. Get yerself a copy of Roger Phillips 'Mushrooms & Other Fungi of Britain & Europe'.... it's the bible.

Out of over 1000 plus species in these isles, there's only about 15 to 20 reasonably common mushrooms that are worth eating. There's even less that will cause you more harm than an upset stomach. The other 950 won't do you any harm whatsover, and/or are just a waste of time to eat. Bottom line... learn how to recognise the important 30 or so and yer laughing all the way to celebrity chefdom :D
 

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A few more.

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This was growing out of new laid turf.

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Scarlet/Red Elf Cup (Sarcoscypha coccinea / austriaca)

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Not snapped in Autumn but early May when there was still ice around. I had pleasure of accompanying a couple of botanists around an FSC managed moorland high in the Dark Peak. Just before we got to the site one of the botanists spied a fairly uncommon species growing in a boggy conifer plantation. Its known as Bog Bean (Mitrula Paludosa) and was lighting up the swampy carpet. About 3cm high. Lovely!

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Also happened upon this little fella on the same trip. Possibly a Coprinus but I only had a very quick look and can't see the colour of the stalk or gills!

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I've quite a few old snaps on paper, including the amazing Stinkhorn, but I suppose its cheating to scan them in so I'll see if I can get some fresh.

TTFN
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Well done Mr Pengs, my wife says I am a sad old ****** with too much time on my hands if all I have got to do is scratch around in the woods taking pictures of toad stools ? well here are a few of todays findings,?
I do not have a clue what they are , so I will leave that to the more learned members to decide:D
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Great stuff!

Well done for getting out today Skye. I'm hoping to get out for a few at the weekend myself. Can't wait for some hard frosts to really set them apart for pictures.
 

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Wonderful pics Skye!

And now the fun(gi) begins! When I got into mycology for a little while about 10 years ago I used to collect specimens and do spore prints and all that. Very often you need assess the texture of the cap and look under it to see the gill/tube/teeth shape. You also need to smell it! But most often, apart from a few easy ones, you want to get a spore sample first!

So, without a shadow of vagueness and complete uncertainty:

I'd be careful with 1) and 3) as they could be Amanita - there is a distinctive ring around the stem. In fact I think you've photographed the most common deadly poisonous species of them all - the Death Cap! However Amanita usually have remnants of a 'veil' across their cap, so I'm only kidding...but do be careful, they're a lot more common than you might think. Most likely its an Agaricus sylvaticus or, at a push, a Cortinarius, possibly C nemorensis. The colour is puzzling me.

2) Its a Lycoperdon (puffball), though I don't know which one. If you tapped it grey spores would have shot from the hole in the cap. Lots of these are edible but not nice to eat.

5) Possibly an Amanita but the gills look interesting, Cortinarius?

6) I'd hazard Coprinus impatiens, although they grow in clumps

7) A Russula

8) Looks very much like a Wood Blewitt - the colour is very distinctive. Number 4 could be an older fruit of the same species if it was found near this one. Else number 4 is most likely a Russula. Edit - number 8 is an Aniseed Toadstool. Doh!

Now shoot me down!
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beware the cortinarius spp, a well known expert had to have kidney surgery a couple of years back, it affects males but not women, the best advice is if youarent 100% positive then dont bother, but the photos are good , Sandy was that you spilling yr scrambled egg on the lawn?:whistle: easker1
 
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