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Death cap - Dangerous

Death cap - Dangerous
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-07
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon IXUS 400, Canon 36-108mm équiv
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/5 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mushrooms [Chapter 2] [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-16 13:00
Viewed: 4736
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
English name : Death Cap – Scientific name : Amanita phalloides – Family : Amanitaceae - Not edible : mortal.
Description : Pileus : Cap 3.5-15 cm broad, convex, expanding to nearly plane, at maturity the disc sometimes slightly raised or depressed ; margin entire, seldom striate, or if so, obscurely so ; surface subviscid when moist, smooth, occasionally with a faint, appressed, white universal veil patch ; color : olive, olive-brown, to yellowish-brown, rarely white, typically with innate, darker streaks, the margin paler, fading overall to dull tan in age ; flesh soft, white, moderately thick at the disc, unchanging, at times yellowish-brown just below the cuticle ; odor slightly pungent ; taste mild.
Lamellae : Gills free, close, moderately broad, white becoming cream, staining pink to vinaceous with concentrated sulfuric acid.
Stipe : 4-18 cm long, 1-3 cm thick, equal to tapering to an enlarged, sometimes bulbous base, usually solid but the apex sometimes stuffed ; surface finely striate at the apex, otherwise smooth or with scattered, flattened small scales, white to pale yellowish ; flesh white, firm, unchanging ; partial veil membranous, cream-colored to tinged like the cap, the upper surface striate, lower surface slightly pubescent, forming a pendulous, superior annulus ; volva membranous, thin, white, sac-like, usually erect from the stipe.
Spores : 7-12 x 6-10 µm, ovoid to elliptical, amyloid ; spore print white.
Habitat : Solitary, scattered, to gregarious under Coast Liveoak (Quercus agrifolia), occasionally with other oaks and ornamental hardwoods ; fruiting sporadically during the summer months in watered areas or from fog drip along the coast ; common from early to mid-winter.
Edibility : Deadly poisonous ! Amanita phalloides contains both phallotoxins and amanitins. It is the amanitins that are responsible for the poisonings in humans. Amanitins are cyclic octapeptides that stop protein synthesis in the cells they encounter. All human organs are effected, but damage to the liver is most severe and liver failure is primarily responsible for the death of Amanita phalloides victims. Symptoms usually appear 8-12 hours after ingestion. Death occurs in 7-10 days in 10-15% of patients.
Photo : Resized and framed in 800x600 for TN. Camera IXUS 400 - Iso 200 - aperture f2.8 - Speed 1/5s - Focal 36mm - Mode macro.
I made this picture the evening in forest, you imagine the low light and I don’t like flash on fungi, so it was difficult at speed 1/5s without tripod in a wet slope…

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Hello Christian, excellent shot about a very dangerous mushroom. This is an excellent picture. Great colours, sharpness and lighting, a very nice composite. Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-09-16 13:25]

Christian, another stunning shot.

You really do great in this kind of pictures.

Excellent lighting, sharpness, pov and composition.

A pleasure to check.

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  • lukdm Silver Star Critiquer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 7] (165)
  • [2005-09-16 13:51]

a masterpiece !

Hi Christian, very good picture of this deadly fungi.
Well composed, nice colours and good details.
Very well done.

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2005-09-16 16:05]

Excellent! Bravo!

Very nice Christian, Thanx for the warning label! ;-)

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-09-16 16:46]

Very nice photo of this dangerous Amanita. Very good composition, sharpness and colors. In my country this Amanita is most poisonous mushroom of all species. It is very common mushroom in oak-hornbeam forests.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-09-16 18:57]

So this pretty, harmless-looking mushroom is a real baddie! I've heard of the DeathCap before Taz, but it looks so normal. Yet reading your very interesting notes I see it does have various colours. I will never eat any mushrooms I find now.
I like your lighting here, and your POV too. Well done. TFS.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-09-16 21:04]

Beau travail, Christian. Image et note. Merci.

Great shot Christian,
Excellent detail, sharpness and composition. The colours and exposure are very good. Good POV.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend my friend

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-09-17 3:21]

Bonjour Christian, belle mise en scéne autour de cette Phalloide,l'ambiance de sous bois est bien rendue.Jolies couleurs, félicitations Didier.

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-09-17 15:34]

Hi Christian,
excellent composition, like a classic still-life. The cone in front and the twig behind in two different vectors add depth to the picture. Only one nit: focus is a wee bit too forward, noticeable on the pinecone in front which is sharper than the mushroom.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-17 16:28]

Bonjour Christian,
À ne pas confondre sinon .... indigestion fatale !
merci pour la note, j'aime la présentation de votre image.

Bon week-end!

"Taste mild" - I want to know who the heck would taste this? LOL!!

Wonderful pastoral forest scene, great colors and perfect lighting.



Bonjour Christian,
Ce petit champignon est bien joli et il a pourtant l'air si inoffensif! J'aime bien votre composition ainsi que le point de vue et les détails. Merci pour la note!

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  • jonp (49)
  • [2005-09-18 11:13]

Très beau cliché Christian, et merci de bien préciser que ce champignon est mortel et que chaque année quelques personnes meurent empoisonnées par manque de vigilance ou par ignorance.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-09-18 13:33]

Hi Christian,
very good picture. I like the colours and details. Good note. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hi Christian, A superb composition, I love the DOF with all the other elements around the main subject in good detail. This gives perfect scale to the viewer. My further education with your notes is very helpful. A truly great job!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-19 5:21]

Hello Christian!
Very nice capture.POV,DOF,clear details and composition are excellent as always.TFS...:-)

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-09-19 6:05]

HI Christian,
Nice shot. I won't be eating this one.
I like your composition and the space you have left around the fungi.

Great shot. I like the simple composition and having the pine cone next to it adds interest. Good DOF.



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  • clic (0)
  • [2005-10-01 17:19]

Bonjour Christian
Sujet principal joliment décentré et mise en garde très précieuse pour qui tient à la vie !
Robert Deschênes

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