As small as it is, a Scarlet Waxy Cap dressed in vibrant reds to orange reds is hard to miss on any forest floor!

The caps of the Scarlet Waxy Cap are 2-5 cm (3/4-2 in) across. They are convex then expanded, bluntly umbonate; bright, intense scarlet, blood red, or orange-red; smooth and moist. The gills are adnate, broad, thick, waxy, interveined; bright red, to orange.
The stem is 30-70mm ( 1 1/4-2 3/4 in) tall, hollow and orange-red, paler at base.
Scarlet Waxy Caps are gregarious on soil or humus in deciduous and conifer wooded areas. They are common and found widely distributed over most of North America. They can be seen from July-October.


Taken on Oct 20/09 at 12:35pm at Skutz Falls ( East Vancouver Island) B.C., Canada.
Taken in raw, RGB and aperture priority.
Camera; Canon 20D
Lens; Tamron SP AF 90 mm f/2.8 Di ( 1:1) macro lens, plus Tamron 1.4 X’s teleconverter.
Tripod; Manfrotto and joystick head.
Taken at 1/6’sec, at f/16, -1EV, man col bal 6500 kelvin, at 90mm +1.4 X’s teleconverter, = 126 mm.
Histogram adjustment in Lightroom, Brightness/contrast adjustment ( amount -13 brightness, +9 contrast. color red and opacity 100%). Sharpening, via lab mode, duplicate layer, lightness channel, unsharpmask ( amount 30, radius 2, threshold 1). No cropping.


  • Gary Lengyel
    Gary Lengyelover 5 years ago

    This is great Sandy. You really made this image pop. Super lighting and composition.

  • I darkened the background a little so as to have the mushroom stand out a little more. Thank you for your kind compliment and your fav save too! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Peter Denness
    Peter Dennessover 5 years ago

    Great shot, nice strong colours and contrast

  • Thank you Peter! It was an overcast yet bright day, so good lighting for blending contrasts in most situations! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 5 years ago

    Fabulous image, my friend!

  • Thank you Bela! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 5 years ago

    Stunning color and texture, it jumps out at the viewer!

  • Thank you so much Pamela! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • davesphotographics
    davesphotograp...over 5 years ago

    good capture nice bright colours amazing find

  • Thank you Dave! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • noffi
    noffiover 5 years ago

    Sandy…Such great detail..I can almost feel the texture of the mushroom..It feels to me that I could touch it and feel its moisture. You captured so much detail in a single colored subject which appears to have no ability to reflect light that can provide depth. You got it all without that help. You are a talented photographer!

  • Awe,….thank you so much Liz! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 5 years ago

    Awesome coloring…Great capture!!

  • Thank you so much Cee! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 5 years ago

    Glorious macro capture Sandy

  • Awe,…..thank you so kindly Barry! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...about 5 years ago

    That is one stunning Fungi and image. I reckon Carla would love to see this image added into the Fungilicious group.
    Here is the link
    We would love to have you as a member ;o)

  • John44
    John44about 5 years ago

    Great colorful and tasty looking picture! Good effects on it as well.

  • Thank you so very kindly John! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

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