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"Beneath the Birch Bracket"

By RonnieAG
At least I did not have to grovel at ground level for this one as the fungus was 8 feet up on a dead birch. It is the widely recognised Birch Bracket fungus (Piptoporus Betulinus), also known as the Razor Strop fungus as barbers used to sharpen their cut throat razors on tough leathery strips cut from it.
Interestingly. this fungus was found amongst the potions of Otzi, the Iceman, found in 1991 at the edge of a glacier in the Otztal Alps in the Tyrol.
The above fungal growth is a new one this year, now about 4 months old and the 3 sections measure aprox. 2 feet across overall.

My thanks to all who commented on Beneath The Cap........much appreciated.


Tags: Fungi General Birch tree Tyrol Birch bracket Razor Strop Otzi Iceman Otztal Alps

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Hermanus 8 4 South Africa
14 Dec 2014 3:06AM
With age comes wisdom Ronnie Smile A lovely image !! I also like the texture and colours on that lovely bark
MaryFaith 7 59 New Zealand
14 Dec 2014 3:12AM
A very impressive fungus - nice colours
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
14 Dec 2014 6:22AM
Very interesting information on this fine example of birch bracket fungus, Ronnie, and very well captured.
ade123 8 285 1 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2014 6:38AM
Another amazing fungi image Ronnie.beautiful colours and detail.and as a bonus no creaky bones after taking the shot.

NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2014 7:15AM
You are indeed a fun guy...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
14 Dec 2014 7:55AM
Another stunner Ronnie, an excellent image of this fungi favourite.

14 Dec 2014 8:12AM
Excellent Ronnie, no trouble spotting this one,
viscostatic 14 50 10 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2014 10:00AM
An excellent image Ronnie, showing the habitat so well as well as the fungus.

14 Dec 2014 10:21AM
These are huge Ronnie, great fungus shot once again and really interesting write up from you.

Patty GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
14 Dec 2014 10:50AM
Mick will love this as much as I do, I'm sure. EXCELLENT, Ronnie. I wonder when you'll let us know that you have an exhibition.
digital_boi 15 3 6 Scotland
14 Dec 2014 11:53AM
good one Ronnie not very knowledgeable on the types of fungi so I turned to Google what would we do without it so many facts that I did not know about 8 feet up you say just the right height for you indeed good detail and texture

Nikonuser1 Plus
8 166 16 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2014 11:53AM
Another excellent fungi image Ronnie, Nezih is right about a exhibition of your fungi imagesSmileSmileSmileSmile

RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
14 Dec 2014 12:01PM
That's a very good link, Graham, with lots of extra detail about this particular fungus: thanks for letting me know.
capto Plus
9 6.6k 25 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2014 12:13PM
Very well taken and great info.Smile

Jasper87 Plus
11 2.7k 158 England
14 Dec 2014 12:21PM
Very tactile, Ronnie, can almost feel that texture. Exquisite detail again.

TonyDy Plus
12 52 3 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2014 12:47PM
Great shot, Ronnie.
tonyng Plus
11 11 3 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2014 1:02PM
Nice one Ron. When fungi are these big I do not know what to do with them (framing and composition wise).
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
14 Dec 2014 1:54PM
Reminds me of the sandwiches out of the buffet
when I worked in the railway Ronnie !!
Good shot.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
14 Dec 2014 3:14PM
Golly, that's some sized fungi, Ronnie! Excellent capture, with super tones and textures in it too Smile
Trev Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2014 3:47PM
Another piece of mycological magic, and that background is perfect.
14 Dec 2014 5:03PM
Amazing capture Ronnie..Lin
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2014 5:22PM
Great image,

Ali Grin
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2214 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2014 5:45PM
Not easy to miss, and I love its frilly edges.
Shaji84 6 4 India
14 Dec 2014 6:58PM
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2014 7:25PM
You really have found some beauties....
Sad to say I haven't....
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2014 7:51PM
You really have mastered these fungi images to perfection
Ronnie another exceptional shot
netta1234 9 382 2 Wales
14 Dec 2014 8:25PM
Another lovely imageSmile
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2014 5:33AM
Very curious and interesting subject matter Ronnie...
Once again a real beauty...
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
26 Dec 2014 4:07PM

Quote:Reminds me of the sandwiches out of the buffet
when I worked in the railway Ronnie !!
Good shot.

Indeed Mick, although it is probably a lot fresher, tastier and of course much cheaper than those sandwiches!Wink

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