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Amanita muscaria

Amanita muscaria
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Copyright: Maciej Gaweski (maaciejka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 82 N: 4427] (27117)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-01
Categories: Fungi
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria 2. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-11-24 9:09
Viewed: 2428
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo of poisonous fungi has been taken in Zegartowice about 45 minutes from Krakow.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric (pronounced /ˈæɡərɪk/) or fly Amanita (pronounced /ˌæməˈnaɪtə/), is a poisonous and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, one of many in the genus Amanita. Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, Amanita muscaria has been unintentionally introduced to many countries in the Southern Hemisphere, generally as a symbiont with pine plantations, and is now a true cosmopolitan species. It associates with various deciduous and coniferous trees. The quintessential toadstool, it is a large white-gilled, white-spotted, usually deep red mushroom, one of the most recognizable and widely encountered in popular culture. Several subspecies, with differing cap colour, have been recognised to date, including the brown regalis (considered a separate species), the yellow-orange flavivolata, guessowii, and formosa, and the pinkish persicina. Genetic studies published in 2006 and 2008 show several sharply delineated clades which may represent separate species.
Although generally considered poisonous, deaths are extremely rare, and it has been consumed as a food in parts of Europe, Asia, and North America after parboiling in water. Amanita muscaria is now primarily famed for its hallucinogenic properties, with its main psychoactive constituent being the compound muscimol. It was used as an intoxicant and entheogen by the peoples of Siberia and has a religious significance in these cultures. There has been much speculation on traditional use of this mushroom as an intoxicant in places other than Siberia; however, such traditions are far less well-documented. The American banker and amateur ethnomycologist R. Gordon Wasson proposed the fly agaric was in fact the Soma talked about in the ancient Rig Veda texts of India; since its introduction in 1968, this theory has gained both followers and detractors in anthropological literature.

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Nice and clean shot of this lovely fungi Maciej! In my opinion the mushroom is fitted a bit tightly into the frame!
George Veltchev

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-11-24 9:59]

Witaj Maciej,

You placing the same mushroom the lovely Amanita muscaria, one of the most beautiful mushrooms.
Very well taken, good presentation too.
Nice done, TFS.

Best regards,

Hello Maciek,

an good picture from this beatiful mushroom .
Good pov and sharpness.
Fine colours.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-24 11:41]

Hello Majiek,
A photo in very beautiful colours and contrasts. The composition is a bit tight. Excellent sharpness and DOF.

hello Maciej
great shot with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-24 13:41]

Hallo Maciej,
Dorodny muchomor udalo Ci sie spotkac,ladnie ujety w naturalnym srodowisku.Bardzo intensywne kolory i swiatlo.Calosc podoba sie.Pozdrawiam Siggi

hello Maciek

an excellent photo of this Fungi with fine POV, DOF,
appropriate and tight framing, very beautiful light,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Czesc Maciej! Piekny muchomor. Wspanialy okaz. Ladne zdjecie. Dobry kadr. Solidnie wykonany pstryk. Kontrast i ostrosc jak sie patrzy. Klaniam sie!

Ciao Maciek, wonderful fungi with fantastic colors, beautiful autumnal composition, splendid light and excellent shrpness, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-11-25 5:36]

Beautiful but poisonous fungi, great colors, well captured. tfs.

Bonjour Maciej,
Très belle publication valorisant bien le sujet ; la lumière bien maitrisée et l'excellente profondeur de champ permettent d'apprécier la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Maciej,
Splendid capture with fantastic vivid colours and superb clarity.
Superb composition with great contrast.
Nice image.

Hola Maciej

Bello hongo con ese color tan llamativo y ese punteado en su cono. Preciosa composición, nitidez y POV excelente.

Un saludo de Antonio

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