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Amanita muscaria

Amanita muscaria
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Copyright: Jose Conceicao (jconceicao) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 842] (3174)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-30
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 400 D, 18-55 Canon EFS, Hama UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria 2. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-06 11:10
Viewed: 3681
Points: 40
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Amanita muscaria

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly Amanita, 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 plentiful water. However, 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; although this theory has been refuted by anthropologists, it gained common credence when first published in 1968.
The common name in English is thought to have been derived from its European use as an insecticide, when sprinkled in milk. The fly-killing agent is now known to be ibotenic acid. An alternative derivation proposes that the term fly- refers not to insects as such but rather the delirium resulting from consumption of the fungus. This is based on the medieval belief that flies could enter a person's head and cause mental illness.

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Ciao Jose, not good to eat but wonderful to see, fantastic colors, fine details and superb sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Jose,
a very beautiful picture of Amanita muscaria taken from an excellent low POV with very good sharpness, the colours are splendid and natural.
Have a good weekend

hello Jose
very good sharpness composition
great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-06 12:04]

Hi Jose, I like the low POV that you have taken this red mushroom with. You have taken it with fine detail and bright colours. i see the flies like it. I have seen many like this year like this one it must be a good year for them.
Well taken TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-06 12:30]

Hello José,
An excellent capture of Amanita muscaria taken from a classic POV with fine sharpness and colours in its natural habitat.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-06 12:47]

Ola Jose,
Super composição você hoje.
Muito bom jogar este fungo.
E a descrição é top, parabéns.
Você quer um fim de semana agradável e relaxante,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-06 13:32]

Hello Jose,
this is an impressive mushroom you present here.The colours are very vibrent.Sharp and detailed.Excellent POV and composition.
Well done!Best regards Siggi

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-11-06 17:54]

Hello Jose,
You post an excellent image of the Amanita Muscaria. The detail is exceptional and the colors very natural looking. Love the Low POV and the great DOF you managed to achieve.
I have had a lot of mushrooms including this particular one (only a yellow color)coming up all over my yard this Fall. I really enjoy viewing the many different kinds of fungi photos from all around the world here on TN. This photo of yours is one of the top ones I've seen this year of this particular variety. Well done!!

  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-11-06 21:17]

Excellent photo with great details and colors!

hello Jose
very beautiful subject impressive mushroom, you photographed it using very well the poor light, and colours they wrote beautifully!
TFS have a good weekend!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-11-07 0:40]

Hello Jose,
You used low POV and exactly visible trunk and shape of whole mushroom. This specimen have very nice white patches.
Regards, Pawel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-07 1:12]

Hello Jose,
This one looks familiar to me. Beautiful contrasting colours and excellent sharp details in a very nice composition. Also an excellent low POV.
Have a good weekend,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-07 3:30]

Hi Jose.
I like this species so much (it is really one of the most beautiful) but I have not met it in actual life. It is fine as well as surroundings. Low POV is amazing and details of the mushroom are excellent. My compliments and kind regards.

Hallo Jose
I like these fungus very much, and although I have seen them featured a few times on the site it is one of those that I cannot get bored with. It always reminds me of a scene from a fairy tail and I always look to see if I cannot find the fairy or elves hiding behind the stem. Now, all jokes aside. The fungus is well photographed, the colours sharp, the detail stunning and the composition and point of view great. One can even see a tiny insect on the upper half of the stem. Thanks for sharing this lovely "mushroom". Pity it is not edible as it looks very tempting and scrumptious. Best regards.

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2009-11-07 12:23]

Ola Jose!
Colors,compo,sharpnes and light are excellent.
Parabens and thanks.
With best wishes,

I like colour, contrast and composition,
all the best

hello Jose
beautiful shot of this Amanita muscaria taken fro m a great POV
colors and sharpness are superb
ilike also the grassy environment
Have a great sunday

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-08 14:35]

Hi Jose,i like a lot this low point of view and this dark and soft atmosphere...very nice work whit top quality of sharpness and colors,my best compliments,have a nice week,LUCIANO

Ola Jose! Nice natural light and colours, nice capture, good contrast and sharp. Saude!

Olá José,
Fantastic photo. Amanita muscaria is always a nice model. :) Very well chosen focus, great sharpness and composition, perfect DOF etc. Maybe a bit (truly a very little bit) more contrast should have been added through post-procession, but otherwise a superb photo. Congrats and tfs.
Best wishes, László

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-11-17 12:39]

Olá José,
Obrigado por suas considerações. Muito interessante sua composição e POV nesta imagem. Além da nitidez o colorido também deu um toque especial no conjunto. Belo trabalho.
Obrigado por compartilhar conosco. Um abraço,

This mushroom have wonderfull colours and nice form.Good picture.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

Ora viva!

Como não colocaste outra vou vendo as mais antigas! Esta ficou soberba e apetitosa, não fosse ela tão venenosa!!

Um Abraço e bom fim de semana!

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