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Hallucinogenic Beauties

Hallucinogenic Beauties
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-20
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/15 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-23 23:23
Viewed: 4387
Points: 44
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Red Cap Mushrooms

Last weekend I visited my son who lives at Paremoremo (Pa-reema-reemo) on a section with a native bush with many different types of ferns and tree ferns(HURRAH!!), native trees, bushes and scrub. They have been talking about me going to see their red mushrooms they had growing. And what beauties they are.

These Amanita muscaria are growing under Pine Trees (Pinus Radiata) and the ground was quite covered in these attractive red capped mushrooms poking through the pine needles. They are bright red and of various sizes. Some were just appearing through the needles and the tops of these new young ones were all creamy coloured. As they grow the cream top splits and this is how the white warts form on top.

There is considerable interest in these mushrooms because they are poisonous and hallucinogenic. Most fruiting bodies contain two toxins, ibotenic acid and muscimol. Ingestion of these toxins results in "expanded perception," talking to God, macropsia (perceiving objects as enlarged), rapid heartbeat, and dry mouth.

They are hallucinogenic and psychoactive, and studies in rats have shown that the inactivation of this area of the brain through the use of muscimol and ibotenate will inhibit fear learning and the startle reflex. Eating the mushrooms seems to turn off the fear emotion.

Notes from: botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/dec99.html

No, I didn’t cook any up for dinner!!

lovenature, loot, red45, dew77, fiyo, valy67, wallhalla15, thistle, marhowie, firelord, Snoops, scottevers7, peter_stoeckl, extramundi, Hormon_Manyer has marked this note useful
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Hi Janice,
A very interesting Mushroom species. Your notes are great. I'm glad to hear you didn't cook any for dinner :)

The colours and exposure are great. I like the soft lighting. TFS Janice...from way up north

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-24 0:18]
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Hi Janice
Very well done on this lovely low POV of the mushrooms. Seems like you were eating some dirt for this one.
Your composition is great and I like the fact that you included the two OOF one's in the back as well. This ensured a slightly larger crop which had the added benefit that one can see a little more of the environment. The colours are lovely and it is well enhanced by the soft light. The details are stunning and the only nit IMO is the fact that you did not remove the pine needles between the two mushrooms on the left. However, come to think about it, that might have damaged these frail fungi so, maybe you did better not to remove it.
Very good work and TFS.
Kia Ora

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-24 2:39]

Wow, Janice. Those mushrooms look like they mean business.
They are real beauties, though, and you captured their details with perfect focus and exposure. I really like all the fine lines under the cap. Very unusual subjects. : )
TFS. : )

Hi Janice,
Nice captured of these mushrooms. Sharp and clear. Excellent composition and POV. TFS

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-05-24 4:03]

Hi Janice!
Nice, poisonous family :-) These mushrooms are very well known in Poland/Europe. They often grow in big circles - in Middle Ages folks believed that they're results of Devil's work and called them Devil's circles. Also very popular on Siberia - shamans used them to make communications with their gods. Very good and interesting post my friend!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-24 4:20]

Hello janice,
Wonderful capture.POV,colors,sharpness,details,3D effect and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Intersting point of view with nice colours, it seams to be a good season for Amanita this year.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-05-24 5:53]

Very nice composition, POV and colours Janice. I also like frame. Good work! TFS

I love mushroom photos, and this one is particularly beautiful. Excellent sharpness and details, wondderful natural colors and very nicely composed. The two mushrooms in the BG give the photo a very nice depth. Very well done !

Hello Janice, great Job perfct details, BG, POF perfct JOB, TFS kyle

Hello Janice,
I see in NZ is autumn. This is an excellent picture from the Red caps. I like it very much. Great sharpness, excellent POV and naturual colours. Great note - this is an excellent composition. Thank you for posting.

hello Janice,
Interesting and beautiful mushrooms, excellent framing, colours and details; really a good photo.

Hi Janice,
A bit of a late one last night (work not fun!!). Just time for a very quick visit.
Thanks for posting, well worth a big smiley.

Hello Janice,
Very good shot! Love the POV and framing showing three mushrooms nicely and putting two more in BG. Great colours and details too!

Here's the points :-)

A very nice exposure on these really cool looking polka dotted shroons the details are nice & crisp with fantastic colors. :)

I'm trying to catch up with my old friends before the weekend :)
Great shot rich with detail, depth and interesting colors Janice..Well composed & a great POV.
Have a Great Weekend mf!

what wonderful colours Janice, love the focus and DOF aswell as the excellent POV
Thanks for sharing mate :)

Hi Janice,
Superb shot on these Red Caps. Exposure looks spot on here. Beautiful subtle colors with fine texture. Great 3D look this this shot with great depth.

I so wish I could find some of these to take a photo of. Your colors are wonderful, the sharpness and focus are good, the POV is very nice. I love the pine needles all around, very much like where my daughter lives with all the pine trees. Excellent work, TFS.

Hi Janice,
very well chosen point of view to show Amanita muscaria in a very elegant composition of delightful rhythm.
Excellent focus, the gradual falloff in sharpness creates a great depth. Marvellous soft and tender colours.
That pretty and useful species seems to be a cosmopolite. Would not have expected it to see it reported from New Zealand as well! People from New Zealand are famous for being fearless - did you present us here the reason for that? :)
Very beautiful contribution!
Thank you, and best regards,

Very nice family shot of this amanitas.
Composition is very nice and DOF this time is on the spot.
We have a lot of muscarias here, but rarely growing in the pines, as far as I know. This is an unusual view for me, so thanks very much for posting it.
Hope you are already recovered from your flu.

Kia ora Janice,
A great fungi shot which I didn't comment yet... So do now. Beautiful POV and sharpness, I like how You composed the row of fungi into the photo.
Felipe (extramundi) is right, this mushroom specie's very rarely growing in pine forest here in Europe. Except for this they seem like our Amanita muscarias. :) A cosmopolytan specie.
Tfs, best wishes from Hungary, László

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