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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: 2009-12-05
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 400 D, 18-55 Canon EFS, Hama UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/4 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria 2. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-06 3:12
Viewed: 3168
Points: 32
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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.

horias, Dis. Ac., nglen, marius-secan, siggi, nasokoun, eng55, boreocypriensis, uleko, tuslaw, Noisette has marked this note useful
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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-06 3:15]

Like in the life:the pretty things is the most dangerous!
Congratulation for the sharpness of the details, lovely colors.

Verry good immage of this poisonous mushrooms with so nice colours.
Interesting details.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-06 3:20]

Hello Jose
Nice capture of these poison mushrooms. Excellent work.

hello Jose
very nice composition with great sharpness and good details
greeting lou

Hi Jose,
this is a pretty arrangement and I like the colours so much. Delicious, haha ;-)
Thanks, very well done
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Jose,

an good pov on this fungi with good details and fine colours.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-06 10:43]

Hi Jose. You have taken such a natural picture of the fungi . The bright red stands out from the dark browns of the woodland floor. Taken with fine dtail . You have managed to get a shine on the lower round fungi. well taken TFs.

Hello Hose,
Lovely colours and great composition.
Wonderful close up with very good sharpness.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-06 12:11]

Hello Jose,
A wonderful shot of these pretty red fungi. Interesting to see. Excellent colors, lighting and details. Your notes are always interesting.
Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-06 13:07]

Hi Jose,wonderful composition of autumn,the choice of this low point of view wa decisive for the beauty of this pic,impressive sharpness and colors in this difficult light situation.My best compliments,have a nice week,LUCIANO.

hello Jose
very fine POV and composition with good use of light and fine colors output!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-07 0:26]

Hi Jose,
Lovely close up.I liked POV,use of light,exposure and visual impact a lot.
Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

Hi Jose,

A fine macro capture of these beautiful mushrooms from low POV with excellent DOF, fine details and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice new week!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-07 3:43]

Hello Jose,
A beautiful composition showing this family of Amanita very nicely framed by pine needles. Excellent sharpness and beautiful colours.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-07 7:05]

Hello Jose,
You post a wonderful image of these Amanita showing fine detail and beautiful natural colors. Love the low POV you chose and the fine composition. Excellent DOF and exposure. TFS. Great work!! Very informative notes!!

Hello Jose
beautiful shot, the details are great ! i like the position of the different fungis
and the contrast with the dark environment
thanks the broken one on the top, we can good see the underside and the strips
Have a good night

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