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Amanita muscaria

Amanita muscaria
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-21
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/8, 1/3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mushrooms, Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria, Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia (Spain) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-01 14:45
Viewed: 6313
Points: 42
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Amanita muscaria with miniskirt

I have seen wonderful shots of this mushroom in TN. I have never posted this specie, because they seem to be the favourite of local insects, and I always find them after lunch. It is quite frustating. The best one I found this year was late, in November. The beautiful cap had been eaten but I still could find this low POV.

As everything has been said about this one, lets look 2000 years ago:

"The ritual use of hallucinogenic substances has been widely documented for various shamanic cults of Asian, American and African culture. In the so-called major religions hallucinogens have also been found to play a relevant role in ritualistic practice. Some hymns of the Rig Veda for instance, were composed under the influence of a plant called soma, which, according to ethnobotanic studies, has been identified as the mushroom Amanita muscaria, commonly known as fly-agaric...

...Since the assumption of Amanita muscaria may cause gastroenteric symptoms (e.g. nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain), most probably these complications were avoided with simple precautions: Instead of directly eating the mushrooms, it was good practice to first feed snails with these mushrooms for several days and then eat the snails. By doing so, the active hallucinogenic substances contained in Amanita muscaria could be ingested without having nasty gastroenteric side effects. A similar practice is also known among Siberian shamans, who have hallucination experiences after eating the meat of reindeer feeding on Amanita muscaria."

I found this info HERE, but you can find more info on the religious use of this mushroom if you make a searh.

Hope you like!

F8 - 1/3 - minitripod - manual
NO Crop, only levels, frame, usm.
PD: I know it is in the center, but I like it ;-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-01 15:46]

Great details, fine angle, bright colors & very funny title! Nothing negative to write. Well done!

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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2005-02-01 16:08]

Nice shot and funny title. Sharpness is great.

Great shot Felipe,
The details are really good, and the colours are nice too.
Your notes are very interesting.
Thanks for posting

Very good angle and very good colours.
Yes, I like it :)

That a very unusual looking mushroom. The overall quality of this shot is excellent and I like the low POV. Great note and an excellent post Felipe. Well done.

Very good Felipe. Nice colors and great funny title. Excellent note. TFS.

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  • azulu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 75] (374)
  • [2005-02-01 20:13]

Another great macro shot Felipe. Good composition with nice colours and sharpness.



Beautiful macro on this mushroom shot. Great color and detail. A great POV to get the detail. Nice Work!

Felipe, that mini-skirt makes that fungi such a nice looking girl! Great title. Excellent sharpness. So nice with the dead leaves underneath as well. Good use of the natural light. Very informative note too. Great work. TFS

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  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2005-02-01 23:19]
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Hi Felipe.
Very funny title.;-)
Great colours, details and DOF. Very good and informative note.
Excellent work.

Another perfect shot Felipe.The DOF here is amazing. You have even managed to capture detail and colour in the background.
I have experimented with the hallucinogenic properties of mushrooms for many years. The fly agaric is very different in its chemical makeup to other hallucinogenic mushrooms such as Psilocybe,Conocybe and Stropharia species.
I have eaten these raw and cooked and only vomited a little. I can't say the effects were anywhere near as psychedelic or pleasant as other mushrooms I've had.
A very pretty toadstool nonetheless.

You are a good desiner ;-) I would like to have a skirt like that ;-)
Interesting photo, well done!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-02 4:51]
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Ha ha, great title. Very nice shot Felipe. It's nice & sharp and the composition is very good. Thanks for posting.

PS I have also heard that siberian shamen would drink the urine of reindeer that ate the mushrooms!

Points tomorrow.

Great shot, very sharp. Great title :-)))
Very good focus, everything's on place.
Well done.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-02-02 13:51]

I think people said everything here Felipe,
I like the point of view, the composing of the shot is very good, the colours and the pof and the dof are very good, I like it very much

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-02 23:55]

Beautiful Spanish dancer with a Mexican sombrero. Castanets and music is missing only.
A delectable picture, Felipe.
Thanks a lot for sharing so beautifull photos and so interesting notes.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-03 4:56]

Hi Felipe!
Another great shot of fungus :-) This one remains me musketeer from Alexander Dumas books :-) I read that Fly Agaric is edible on Siberia. They cook it for couple of hours and then eat it. Bon Apetit! ;-)

Fascinating note Felipe. This species is introduced to Australia and many appear in a picnic ground near where I work during autumn. They are often collected in large numbers by people with a European heritage, but I don't know what they do with them. Those that escape the human harvest appear to be eaten by the local wallaby's (small kangaroo). Don't know what effect it has on them.
The image is up to your usual high quality and the low POV give a very different perspective. Really nice detail on the fungi and its surround leaf litter.

Hi Felipe
She looks like she IS dancing, very nice and clever title and great detail on the "lady"

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  • claude (28)
  • [2005-04-14 14:40]

Titre original
Excellent sens de l'observation

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-11-12 15:49]

Hola Felipe.
Vaya foto ehhh...belleza de hongo, gran color y contraste, bonita composicion.
total una magnifica y bella fotografia como todas las aqui expones.

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