Pholioto limonella is a big orange/yellow mushroom that grows in clusters on standing dead trees or stumps ( like shown) or downed logs.
The cap is 2.5-5 cm ( 1-2 in) across, convex or nearly flat, sometimes with an umbo; lemon yellow when fresh, scattered with hairy, tawny red, suberect scales( like shown); sticky. Gills are sinuate-adnate, close, narrow; whitish becoming rust red.
The stems are 30-70×3-5 mm ( 1 1/4-2 3/4×1/8-1/4 in); pallid or yellowish with scattered recurved yellow scales; smooth above the ring.


Taken on Oct 25/11 at 2:31pm on south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Camera, Canon 40D
Lens, Tamron 28-75 mm f/2.8 lens.
Tripod, Manfrotto, including 498RC2 ballhead.
Taken at, 5.0’s at f/16, -1/1/3 ev, 44 mm, man wht bal, iso 200.
No cropping, histogram adjusted and details enhanced with slight Topaz adjust filter. Sharpened via lab mode, lightness channel, unsharp mask ( amount 35, radius 5, threshold 3).


mushrooms, yellow, lichen, fungus, fungi, pholioto, nature, bc, canada


  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...almost 3 years ago


  • Awe,….thank you so much Charmiene! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • JamesA1
    JamesA1almost 3 years ago

    Nice color and light…I thought they were some sort of sea creature at first :o
    Almost looks as if these mushrroms are suspended in water…Nice pic!

  • LOl,…yes, I can see how they might fool one into thinking they are a sea life of some sorts. I was walking up a small hill from the river when these bright warm mushrooms caught my attention. I was out looking for autumn scenes to shoot and ended up shooting some mushrooms. Half the fun of photography is not really knowing what you might get to see on any day out shooting! Thank you so kindly for your first visual observation and kind words James! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • greenstone
    greenstonealmost 3 years ago

    fantastic shot!!! georgie

  • Thank you so very much Georgie! :)

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenalmost 3 years ago

    Awesome capture!!! Love it, Sandy~Lynn….a fave!!!

  • Awe,…so happy you like it and many kind thanks for your kind words! :)

    – Sandy Stewart

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosalmost 3 years ago

    This is wonderful photography Sandy. Superbly captured!!!!!

  • Thank you so much for such kind words John! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...almost 3 years ago

    I don’t see enuf of this family…would have guessed it to be the Scaly and would have gone wrong. :o) Lovely image
    Please remember to submit to our October Features Challenge!

  • THANK YOU SOOOO,….. MUCH!!! : D Do to there being so many similar mushrooms out there, it can prove difficult to identify some of them correctly. : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot, Sandy,,,, I’m impressed you know the name of these! :))

  • Sometimes it takes me hours and sometimes days to figure out the name of a mushroom. Sometimes I finally just give up and give it the family name and not worry about the individual name. lol Many kind thanks Wendi : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • NewfieKeith
    NewfieKeithalmost 3 years ago

    Great find there Sandy..I shoot with a friend and when we are near a woods she is always looking for mushrooms..awesome capture!

  • On this particular day, I was out with a friend looking for some pretty autumn scenes along a local river. Walking back into the forest from the beach, these pretty warm shaded mushrooms caught my attention. After getting close to these mushrooms, I noticed another four or five different mushrooms growing in the same area. The autumn season is a fun time to look for mushrooms and lichens ect! Thank you so much for your kind words Keith! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent capture, Sandy !

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekalmost 3 years ago

    Forgot to add; Congrats on the feature, as well. :)

  • Awe,….thank you so much for your kind words Stan! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

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