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Three UFOs

By Ukulele_Lady
Apologies to those who've dropped in hoping to see something extra-terrestrial.....these are three fungi that caught my eye this week in the woods that Mutley and I frequent. I've been looking for inspiration for this month's competition so anything in three's has leapt out at me!

At time of photographing they were indeed UFOs (unidentified fungal objects) but I have since identified them as Birch Polypore or 'Piptoporus betulinus'. They are very common and are found throughout the year on dead and dying trunks of birch, sometimes many on a tree. It attacks both the heartwood and the sapwood, eventually causing the top of the tree to fall out. Apparently the firm flesh is ideal for stropping razors, and was once used for this purpose. It has the alternative common name of 'Razor-Strop Fungus'.

Taken using my compact camera, and just cropped slightly and sharpened for uploading to EPZ.

Thanks for looking,

Tags: Fungi Fungus Flowers and plants Birch trees Birch tree

Voters: Crashingocean, chuckspics, lonely_oryx and 19 more

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chuckspics 15 14 United States
20 Jan 2008 5:05PM
Great Title, and information, Chuck
lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
20 Jan 2008 5:11PM
Like the title - well composed
oldhat 14 20 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2008 5:23PM
I wonder if people really used to sharpen razors on them ? I like the 'diagonal row of 3' effect.
agednovice 15 10 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2008 5:27PM
A well spotted composition
AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
20 Jan 2008 6:02PM
Very good title, and thanks for that information. Sad thought that they destroy the trees they grow on!
I like the diagonal of them also - and good pov.
Sweep 16 43 England
20 Jan 2008 6:06PM
Eye catching title and very interesting description well shot and composition.
Paree 17 616 3
20 Jan 2008 10:16PM
a lovely picture
well seen
pareen x
JudeC 15 6 3 England
21 Jan 2008 8:21AM
Well spotted - great shot - Jude.
KKmoments 15 12 1 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 11:08PM
Oh wow.... from fungi to flying saucers or is it a stairway to the UFO Smile ... well spotted and very unusual... Karen Smile
22 Jan 2008 4:19PM
Yes - I think it's Birch Polypore too. You can also cut a layer from the white underside to make a plaster for cut fingers. Lovely photo of it!
SKavanagh 14 312 5 England
22 Jan 2008 4:30PM
Excellent Shot good title
24 Jan 2008 4:28PM
Great title and a good spot

leons29 14 South Africa
3 Feb 2008 2:13PM
Your composition of this shot was brilliant, well done and well spotted
fishy2 14
3 Feb 2008 7:57PM
very good.
bayleaf 14 8 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2008 6:26PM
Super capture. Love the perspective and the title too Smile


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