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Fly agaric

Fly agaric
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Copyright: Ruta Saulyte Laurinavicie (rsaulyte) Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 26 N: 26] (284)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-09-23
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-01 23:39
Viewed: 4141
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Amanita muscaria (also known by the English-language common name fly agaric or Fly Amanita) is a psychoactive agaric species of mushroom found commonly throughout much of the world. The quintessential toadstool, it is a large imposing white-gilled, white-spotted, usually deep red mushroom, one of the most recognizable and widely encountered in popular culture. Though it is generally considered poisonous, Amanita muscaria is otherwise famed for its hallucinogenic properties with its main psychoactive constituent being the compound muscimol. The mushroom has had a religious significance in Siberian culture and possibly also in ancient Indian and Scandinavian cultures.

Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, Amanita muscaria has been unintentionally conveyed to many countries in the Southern Hemisphere, generally as a symbiont with pine plantations, and is now a true cosmopolitan species.

The common names in English, fly agaric or fly mushroom, are generally thought to derive from its European use as an insecticide, sprinkled in milk. This interpretation is supported by the mushroom's names in a number of other languages (see below), e.g. French Amanite tue-mouches, i.e. "fly-killer amanita". The fly-killing agent is now known to be ibotenic acid. Another compound isolated from the fungus is 1,3-diolein which is an insect attractor. An alternate derivation proposes that the term fly- refers not to insects as such but rather the delirium resulting from consumption of the fungus. This is based on the medieval belief that flies could enter a person's head and cause mental illness.

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hi ruta
very well done
not original but nice colors and good focus
it's a perfect amanite tue mouche !!

aleks ;)
best regards

Hi Ruta
Welcome after very long break.

Great photo. Beautiful saturated colors and fantastic light. Delicate natural surrounding. Very good OOF buckground
Best wishes

Hi Ruta,
that's sooooo beautiful, I love this red funghi and the soft BG very much, excellent shot, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Ruta,
Beautiful light and great composition.
This year is spectacular for the amounts of mushrooms
TFS, Shir

simply beautiful.

greetings Mark

Hi Ruta,
Very nice photo, perfectly showing the fungus. Beautiful colours, good POV. but the leaves on the bottom right should have been taken off or cloned out. Otherwise a very nice image, congrats. Best regards, László

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  • gail Gold Star Critiquer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-18 10:46]

Hello Ruta,
Beautiful vivid red! Nice work.

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