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.