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Fly Agaric

Fly Agaric
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Copyright: Matt Berry (rodosranger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 347] (2101)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-14
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-14 16:06
Viewed: 3639
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The well known Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria).

The original white-spotted red toadstool, it is one of the most recognizable mushrooms and is widely used in popular culture. Though it is generally considered poisonous, Amanita muscaria is otherwise famed for its hallucinogenic properties.

Amanita muscaria is a large distinctive mushroom. Fully grown, the red cap is usually around 12 inches in diameter (30 cm) and is covered with numerous small white to yellow flecks (warts). These are remnants of the universal veil, a membrane that encloses the entire mushroom when it is still very young. The gills are white, as is the sporeprint. The ringed stem is white, 5-20 cm high (approximately 2-8 inches), with a basal bulb that bears universal veil remnants, in the form of a ragged collar or group of more or less distinct rings or ruffs that circles the base of the stalk (or stipe). There is generally no associated smell.

Fly agaric fruiting bodies emerge from the soil looking like a white egg, covered in the white warty material of the universal veil. As the fungus grows, the red colour appears through the broken veil, and the cap changes from bell-shaped to hemispherical and finally flattening in mature specimens.

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Hello Matt,

Great macro picture of this mushroom. POV is great. Very good details and BG. DOF is perfect. TFS


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-14 16:58]

Excellent POV, lovely details and colours. Good shot



Hi Matt,
a wonderful shot of this perfect moshroom.
For me it's always nostalgic to see this one, it remembers me of some fairy-tail-books in my childhood, don't laugh, that's true ;-)
This one is phantastic, I love it, thanks and kind regards
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-14 23:35]

Hello Matt

These mushrooms are so beautiful.I like your low POV and the DOF is very good.The colours are really nice.Well composed.TFS


nice shot. the composition is good. the colours are well saturated. the dark dull background adds to the effect of the shot. clarit is very good. wonderful macro.

great angle and DOF.......
interesting POV, lovely color too...
nice picture...
I take notice to your helpful note...

HAHA looks like a home of the smurfs, the cartoon! la la la la.... just dirtier... and red.
Interesting. where do u find all these mushrooms. We don't get them here! Good angle, u must have laid down on the ground to take it.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-15 7:12]

Hello Matt,
Brilliant very sharp image of this beautiful young toadstool taken at a low angle. Nice blurred background too.
TFS, Ulla

Hi Matt,

A wonderful capture. High quality details and a well-arranged compositon makes this image unique.

Well Done & TFS.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-10-15 11:45]


I generaly don't look at macros .. this one caught my eye.... the rich colors.. well presented !


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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-10-15 13:37]

hi Matt, good shot, niceco,oures and composition.

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