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Big Red
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Copyright: Richard Cridland (rcrick) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 692 W: 40 N: 5] (68)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 30 D, Sigma 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-31 0:22
Viewed: 6924
Points: 10
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Actually this was posted on trek earth but I guess it belongs here on trek nature, it still fascinates me that nature can produce something that can look so good, but I guess is probably quite deadly ?

Anyway thanks to Debbie I finally have a name "Amanita muscaria" (also known by the English-language common name fly agaric) is a psychoactive agaric species found commonly throughout much of the world.

The quintessential toadstool, it is a large imposing white-gilled white-spotted 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, it 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.

More Infro can be found at "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria"

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Hi Rick,
I spent part of last weekend trying to track one of these mushrooms down. I finally found one in my own town in the Adelaide Hills. I hope it is still there when I go back with the camera. Nice image, its beautiful red contrasts so well with the green of the grass. It is called Amanita muscaria, fly agaric, Amanitaceae. Hopefully I have it right.

Hi Rick, reading your notes it sounds like these things are almost common around here. That's great because the only toadstools I've ever seen are brown or white. This is an excellent sharp and very colourful shot. Makes for a very good picture, if not for eating.

Thanks, John

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-07-30 1:07]

Yes, very deadly... You wouldn't want to eat any of it. Nicely captured Rick, it's sharp and very colourful,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-31 6:20]

Hi Rick,
Nicely composed photo of this beautiful mushroom with a good focus, POV and colors.TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Rick,
Well, let me add for Norway, they say the Vikings used the mushroom as a stimulant when they go to battle, which is told was rather scaring for the opponents..!
Same thing goes for mushrooms as for women, the better they look the deadlier they are!
Pablo -

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