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Amanita muscaria

Amanita muscaria
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Copyright: erkan tokyurek (ekoline) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 13] (176)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-21
Categories: Fungi
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-21 12:56
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Gelin Mantarı ( Amanita muscaria )

Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly Amanita, is a poisonous and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, one of many in the genus Amanita. Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, Amanita muscaria has been unintentionally introduced to many countries in the Southern Hemisphere, generally as a symbiont with pine plantations, and is now a true cosmopolitan species. It associates with various deciduous and coniferous trees. The quintessential toadstool, it is a large white-gilled, white-spotted, usually deep red mushroom, one of the most recognizable and widely encountered in popular culture. Several subspecies, with differing cap colour have been recognised to date, including the brown regalis (considered a separate species), the yellow-orange flavivolata, guessowii, and formosa, and the pinkish persicina. Genetic studies published in 2006 and 2008 show several sharply delineated clades which may represent separate species.

Although generally considered poisonous, deaths are extremely rare, and it has been consumed as a food in parts of Europe, Asia, and North America after parboiling in plentiful water. However, Amanita muscaria is now primarily famed for its hallucinogenic properties with its main psychoactive constituent being the compound muscimol. It was used as an intoxicant and entheogen by the peoples of Siberia and has a religious significance in these cultures. There has been much speculation on traditional use of this mushroom as an intoxicant in places other than Siberia; however, such traditions are far less well-documented. The American banker and amateur ethnomycologist R. Gordon Wasson proposed the fly agaric was in fact the Soma talked about in the ancient Rig Veda texts of India; although this theory has been refuted by anthropologists, it gained common credence when first published in 1968.

( Wikipedia )

Erkan Tokyürek / 2009

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Great macro Erkan. Great composition with very good sharpness and very good details. Very good job. Well done. Thank you for posting.

Enjoy the rest of the Bairam my friend.

great shot for this wonderful specie.
Really brilliant colors and great sharpness
have a nice day

Selamlar Erkan bey,
Dünyanın en zehirli mantar türlerinden bir tanesi olarak biliyorum.
en güzel dileklerimle hoşcakalın.

Hallo Erkan
I love this scenery! This is exactly how I imagine it must be in the land of fairies and elf’s. I am sure somewhere behind the large “mushroom” there is some fairies looking back at me. Although I like the whole scenery there are some spots where the focus is not 100% but keeping all in mind what is wrong in this image, I can add to say that in my personal opinion there is also lovely details captured, and I here refer to the clarity of the markings and texture of the fungi’s “caps”, and the interesting seperation of the fungi. The colours are also very warm and vivid. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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