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Fly agaric

Fly agaric
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Copyright: Jan Gaisler (honza) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-26
Categories: Fungi
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-14 4:17
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Points: 34
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Fly Agaric - red
(Amanita muscaria var. muscaria)
Amanita muscaria is the common, bright red fly agaric of northern Europe and Asia. Its orange-red to scarlet cap is 90 - 145 mm wide. The volva is distributed over the cap as white or yellow warts.
The gills are free to narrowly adnate, crowded to subcrowded, and white or whitish both in mass and in side view. The short gills are truncate.
The stipe is 60 - 150 x 8 - 22 mm and has a skirt-like annulus and notable bulb of rather variable shape (up to 46 x 45 mm). Rings of volval material commonly encircle the top of the bulb and the base of the stipe.
The species is toxic and is well-known for its use by shamans of northern cultures. Amanita muscaria occurs throughout Europe and northern Asia and in western Alaska. It is one of the amanitas that is most easily (and frequently) introduced with imported trees -- e.g., in pine and eucalypt plantations. It appears to be able to take on many genera of plants as ectomycorrhizal symbionts.
The species is associated primarily with Birch and diverse conifers, but has been found in mixed forest with other deciduous trees, in forests of pure Tilia (in Norway), with dwarf willow (Salix repens) on the Island of Terschelling (Prov. Friesland, the Netherlands, see photo), and adapted to living with eucalypts in Australia and Argentina, etc. (R. E. Tulloss, 2000-2005)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-14 4:26]
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Hi Jan!
Beautiful Muchomůrka červená :-) I like saturated colours and textures. DOF is also excellent. Looks slightly like spiked armour of old knight. Good post!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-14 4:58]
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Very clear shot!BG,composion,colors and your notes are very good.Maybe you could crop a little on top...I liked it.TFS

Fantastic shot, looks good enough to eat (!!). I agree with Sebnem about possibly cropping the top of the image, but apart from that it's great - very sharp.

Nice Amanita shot Jan. These beauties are very photogenic.We used to get a lot of them on TN.
I guess its coming up to mushroom season again.
Good colours here,and an excellent note. Cheers.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-14 6:36]
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Very nice 'n bright red color! The details on the hood are RAZORsharp. Good POV & DOF. Well done & TFS!

Hi Honza :-)
Great red photo! I love fungi and your is very... poisonous :-)))))))))

Beautiful capture with great colours, details and DOF. It's hard to imagine that anything as pretty as this is actually capable of killing you ;-))

A really rich vibrant red cap on this beauty Jan, good perspective and DoF.

Very sharp, clear picture - looks like the kind of mushroom one sees in children's books - but clearly not one that children should eat! As others have said, the top area could be cropped to increase the focus on the plant itself.

Technical quality:****
Wow factor:****

Very good shot, but I don't want it in my plate.
Well done.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-03-14 12:09]

Very nice one Jan,
I love those mushrooms, this is a very good shot, good light, good point of view, very nice pof. I think personal that you can meke the composition some better through cropping some of the top of the photo, farther very good job

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-14 12:27]

Belle macro pour ce magnifique spécimen d'Amanite tue Mouche. Jolie couleurs et bonne netteté. J'aurai cadré différement...
Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-15 10:42]

Jan, this is a very nice photo. Excellent and vivid colors, great blurred bg and perfect sharpness. Pov is just great too.


You found a very beautiful specimen, Jan. Very nice shot of
the most photographied mushroom in TN and maybe in the world.
Hope to see more moshrooms soon.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-31 22:23]

This mushroom looks so attractive. Amazing textures and colours on its cap. Good composition too. Well done.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-04-13 21:59]

Hi Jan!
Very beautifull shot, i like the vivid colours and great sharpness, you did a great work!


Jan, this is photo for a school book or fungi encyclopedia. excelent brightnes and details. Bravo...

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