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Fly agaric

Fly agaric
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Copyright: marie christine guegan (mariki) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-04
Categories: Fungi
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mushrooms and lichens, Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria 2. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-23 5:20
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Amanita muscaria

The cap measures up to 25cms across.

Often found in pine woodlands, and also around the base of birch trees.

The fly agaric has tiny, hair-like roots which attach themselves to tree roots. In this way the toadstool can siphon off some of the nutrients from the tree. This does not seem to damage the tree in any way.
The caps are round when young, and becompe flat as they mature. The white spots drop off with age.

The fly agaric is poisonous. It is known to cause hallucinations, violent stomach upsets, uncontrollable muscle spasms and could be fatal.

It has been used as a fly killer - hence the name. Small pieces of the fungi were added to a saucer of milk. Flies came to feed from the saucer and were killed.

Did you know?

The name 'Toadstool' might make you think that toadstools got their name frome being a piece of amphibian furniture, but in fact 'toad-stuhl' is a German name, which means seat of death!

source: www.uksafari.com

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Excelente composición y una gama de colores muy agradable. Buena profundidad y luz.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi Tejedor

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-23 6:13]

Salut Marie,mes compliments pour une des tes meilleures photos,les details ,les couleurs et la perspctive sont magnifiques,bonne soiree',LUCIANO

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-23 6:47]

Hello Marie,
Magnificent camera work on this wonderful image. The colors and details are superb, thank you for sharing Marie.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-23 7:01]

Hello Mariki,
Wonderful composition showing these beautiful Toadstools among the Oak leaves. Excellent sharpness and very beautiful colours. Very well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Marie,
thank you for this fine composition in sharp focus and vibrant colors, and thanks for the valuable information, I didn't know where the name "toadstool" originated. TFS.

Great photo with nice fall colors. Good use of odd numbers. Well composed with good focus and exposure. TFS

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2008-01-23 9:31]
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Hi Marrie,

This is an outstanding picture of this mushroom. The composition is so lovely, as it were "staged" ...



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-23 9:42]

Hello Mariki,
A fine presentation of three Fly Agarics past their prime, but still showing their red colours among the fallen leaves of the American Red Oak. The composition and sharpness are superb!
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-23 10:23]

Hi Marie Christine,
Very nice mushroom!
Nice colors nad nice natural BG!

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-01-23 10:41]
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Hello Marie Christine,
excelent sharpness, beautiful color and good presentation/composition of the subject.
(do you speak french (name) or dutch)
Good work and TFS

Bonjour Marie Christine,
elle est superbe cette photo, magnifiquement composée, trčs nette grace a un focus parfait une une trčs bonne profondeur de champs, jolies couleurs lumineuses et excellent point de vue, tout y est,

Hi Mariki, beautiful fungi with splendid colors, good details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

great pic, TFS Ori

Bonjour Marie-Christien,
Magnifique, superbes couleurs et trčs belle composition.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-23 23:20]

Hi Marie

Excellent composition with wonderful colours and detail. I like the dead leaves in the bottom of the shot - they show it is natural.


Hi Marie,
Very beautiful mushrooms. But deadly. Hope no body eats it. Very good details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Marie,

Nice capture of poisonous fly agaric! POV, DOV and sharpnes exeellent! TFS... Regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-24 9:37]

Hi Marie.
You have found and pictured a very nice trio. I like excellent wide DOF. All scene is in focus, perfectly detailed and sharpened. POV and framing are great as well as the nice rich colors. Well done and my best wishes.

Hi Marie
Very nice shot. Perfect sharpness nice natural colors and great natural surronding
Best wishes

nice shot, great colors, to be honest never seen one, its interesting

There is a veritable three dimensional effect in this powerful image of fungi, Marie.
Well composed shot with wonderful natural colours.
TFS and regards.

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2008-01-24 22:09]

hi Marie Christine,
very nice composition of strange mushrooms with beautiful colours, interesting note too, brava

Hello Marie,
Excellent silky colors. Beautiful exposition of this impressive fungi, up to the tiny fine details.
Thanks for the informative note.
Best regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-25 8:52]

Bonjour Marie, trčs joli champignon, la composition est excellente et les couleurs vives sont superbes, bravo et merci !


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-25 21:02]

Hello Marie Christine

An excellent grouping of these beautiful fungi.
The colours are very natural.
Well focused with sharp details.I really like the autumn leaves,it gives the shot a nice autumnal feel.


Hello Marie really beautifull colours nice sharpness of detail perfectly adjusted dof well composed tfs rgds Necip.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-26 15:14]

Hi Marie,
fantastic picture, colors are magnificent,
great work and beautiful composition & DOF,
best regards, Dejan

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-01-28 1:17]

Hello Marie,

that is very interesting fungi to know.Beautiful colors.DOF and exposure is great.



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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-01-28 9:24]

selam marie
well close-up working on this interesting mushroom-fungi
they are still foreign plants for me ;)
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, details and note

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-28 11:47]

Hi Marie

What a nice crop of these beautiful but poisonous funghi. Lovely to see a set of three. Beautiful colours and pin sharp



Hello Marie

This is an interesting subject beautifully captured in its colors and details! Very nice notes as well.

Thanks and Best

Hi Marie,
What a poisonous beauty. Nice composition and colours. Thanks a lot for sharing.
- Nirmal

Hallo Mariki
Looks can really be deceiving. I am sure you are going to laugh cripple if I tell you what I thought I saw looking at the thumbnail. I thought I saw a pomegranate sliced open and photographed quite close.
On opening the photo to a bigger size I only realised what it actually was. Wonderful strawberry jam colour on the top of these mushrooms. Very clear details, presented in a fine manner. This colourful sight coming from between the dead leaves is really something else and I enjoyed the view. Thanks for sharing. Have a good weekend.
Kind regards

Hello Marie.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hello Marie,

I have never seen one so colorful. I wouldn't touch this one if I came across one in the wild. Well captured in excellent details complemented with informative notes. Good lighting helps with nice pleasant exposure. Well done and have a wonderful weekend.


Salut Marie Christine
It is great macro of this beautiful colored, but poisonous Amanita. Great sharp focus and details. POV and composition also great. TFS, well done

nasty characters, but so beautiful...and so well taken in a realy beautiful picture

Hi Marie,
what a beautiful mushrooms!!!! I like a lot your picture, has nce colours and compo.

Bonjour Marie Christine,

It was great to find a fungi image in Your gallery. :) Wonderful trio, and You also did a great job - although I should have removed the leaves from the cap. Otherwise an excellent shot, congrats.
Let me help You with a little note update:
- it's true Amanita muscaria often grows under pines and birch, but which really needs to it, beside a tree, is acid substrate
- the connection You're talking about is called 'mycorrhiza'. It doesn't only "not damage the tree at all", it's helpful to the tree, and to the fungus also, because they both support each other with metabolism. Many species are mycorrhiza fungi, and for some only one given tree specie is acceptable (they're called "obligate mycorrhiza fungi"). Amanitas don't belong to the group of obligate mycorrhiza fungi, but they need a tree indeed (except for Amanita vittadinii, which is living saprobic life).
- Amanita muscaria is poisonous, its main (but not the only) toxic agent is 'ibotenic acid', which causes symptoms like intensive drunkenness, with - in most of the cases - pleasant hallucinations, which are, after a few hours followed by dazed sleeping. Very rarely causes death, but if so, in this section, due to respiration paralysis.
- Flies only become seemigly dead, after a few hours they fly away.

Tfs, and I'm glad if my infos are helpful in any way. Best regards from Hungary, László

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