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Fly Agaric

Fly Agaric
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Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-25
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-21 12:56
Viewed: 4636
Points: 31
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another fungi from the boreal forest.
Not sure about the specie, hope I got it right, any confirmations or other suggestions are most welcome.
Top of mushroom reminds me of a cream cake...

I am starting to suspect it is a Fly Agaric after all. Did anyone see an orange one?

Decided to change name from Amanita Aspera to Fly Agaric

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To petrudamsa: Thanksshirgold 1 11-22 02:40
To janbranje: Fly Agaricshirgold 1 11-21 16:32
To janbranje: real colorshirgold 1 11-21 15:49
To janbranje: Its not a fly agaricAramok 1 11-21 15:33
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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-11-21 13:21]

Shir bonjour, very nice close up, composition, sharpness and colors are perfect. Congratulations, Didier.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2005-11-21 13:39]

wonderful! So cleare and bright. All details are good seen. My congratulations for this shot.

Hi Shir,
It's a great POV, composition and DOF.
The details and colours are good too.
Excellent work.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-21 13:55]

Wow Shir, I think this looks so good. It stands out so sharply against the BG, and even the BG is nice and sharp too. Good lighting as well. Well done and TFS.

Nice and crisp immage of a mushroom in excellent condition. It must be fairly fresh. Looks very much like a fly agaric to me (Amanita muscaria) but that is more reddish. Is the colour in the picture the real one?

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2005-11-21 15:45]


The detail and sharpness in the picture is fantastic, though I think the picture is a tad dark. Very nice picture though. Well done

I think this may be an amanita rubescens ('The Blusher') or even amanita pantherina (or The Panther), though the later tends to be darker in colour I think.

See http://www.naturefg.com/pages/b-fungi/amanita%20rubescens.htm

Hi Shir,
that's a perfect moshroom. Seems as if he has hundreds of cream-spots on it, sweeeeet!
Excellent, I enjoyed it very much, thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

It's most probably that is Amanita muscaria after all. Yes, I've seen many orange Fly Agarics, even going to yellow at some old individuals. Amanita aspera, on the other side, should have yellow dots on the cap. Also the cap is medium-small sized (6 to 9 cm wide). If you can remember the aprox. size of the cap, that may help you. Anyway I'm 100% that's not Amanita rubescens. I've seen those many time, I picked them and I ate them. They are edible and very good, but the problem is to know how to recognize them from other many poisonous "brothers": A. rubescens has a clear tint of purple-pink on the stem, if you break the stem you may see that better as they are frequently attaked by nematods that leave purple trails on mushroom's body. Also the cap, when broken starts to turn pink from white. The dots are much smaller, with a dirty look (not clean white and conspicuous like in your photo) and they are much more irregular placed on the cap.I'll put a A. rubescens photo in the workshop.
Now about the picture: is fantastic, well composed, well color calibrated and pleasantly crisp.

Regards, Petru

What a fntastic umbrella! great shot and superb idea.
I'm impressed :-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-24 5:16]

What a beautiful and interesting composition that you have very done ! The Amanita is pale but... Here it is cold and fungi season miss me ;-) Congratulations Shir and thanks for sharing.

Good detail, excellent exposure.


Hi Shir,

I really like the composition and the DOF. Congratulations.

Well done and thanks for sharing.


It dont looks like a muscaria to me.
Remember that in the amanita Genus, except some type with unique features, a lot of specimens are difficult to identify. I read about 1500 species clasified...
I have myself over 10 species in my ident queue, I sent an email to Marco [Sacordon] how is a real expert in this matter, but he is busy lately. Maybe he could have a guess on this one.
I can see a "dull" non glossy surface compared to muscarias and specially dense and extrusionated "flakes".
Of course you can never be sure...
Excellent shot of a beautiful subject, after all. A pleasure to see fungi from Finland :)
Regards, Felipe.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-01-16 17:31]

You have a nice collection of mushroom!

I like this one because it is sharp focus and well exposed. The soft lighting gives excellent details in the shadows as well as in the highlight. Composition is well balanced.
Good work and TFS.

Very nicely executed. Excellent color and detail. Great angle. I might suggest using a small reflector of some sort to bounce some additional light onto the stem and and under the cap.

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  • gail Gold Star Critiquer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-25 9:22]

Hi Shir,
Very nice close-up!

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