down in the woods by quietpurplehaze

down in the woods

A big surprise when, following directions from a dog-walking friend, I found these fly agaric aka amanita muscaria in the woods. I've looked out for them for several autumn seasons.

I always thought them to be deadly poisonous but according to Wikipedia:

"Reports of human deaths resulting from its ingestion are extremely rare. After parboiling - which weakens its toxicity and breaks down the mushroom's psychoactive substances - it is eaten in several continents. There has been much speculation on possible traditional use of this mushroom as an intoxicant in the Middle East, Eurasia, North America, and Scandinavia."

I am definitely, definitely NOT about to try it! Its photogenic properties suffice for me.
Can you always believe Wiki??? Well spotted for a lovely photo
October 29th, 2016  
Gorgeous capture. Love the detail.
October 29th, 2016  
@30pics4jackiesdiamond

In this case it concurs with several websites.

This website http://honest-food.net/2011/12/24/eating-santas-shroom/
has slightly dubious information I think:
"widely known as the hallucinatory ‘shroom responsible for Alice’s trip into Wonderland and quite possibly our beloved images of a red-suited Santa Claus and his flying reindeer."
@wordpixman
October 29th, 2016  
Fabulous detail
October 29th, 2016  
Aren't they gorgeous. My daughter had a few of these in her garden a few years ago. She dug them up just in case the kids got to them. She wasn't game to try them to see if they were poisonous either.
October 29th, 2016  
They are amazing!!! And very cool for shot!!!
October 29th, 2016  
What a wonderful find FAV
October 29th, 2016  
Great find beautifully captured Fav
October 29th, 2016  
Lovely shot.
October 29th, 2016  
Great shot of nature...Fav
October 29th, 2016  
Love the colours and tiny details
October 29th, 2016  
Well spotted, I could say! Best not to just accept what you read on Wikipedia... OK as a starting point for digging deeper
October 29th, 2016  
A brilliant find and capture with great colours and details but no fairies.
October 29th, 2016  
Super capture, details, textures
October 29th, 2016  
Great capture Hazel Fav
October 29th, 2016  
They are beautiful. I think I'd just settle for photos too :)
October 29th, 2016  
bep
Great shot. They are beautiful.
October 29th, 2016  
A great find and beautiful capture of the one and only fairy tale mushroom.
Ina + I did capture many toadstools last Thursday.
Thank you for you so nice wishes. Same to you.
October 29th, 2016  
Stunning macro. Congratulations on making the Trending Page. Well deserved.
October 29th, 2016  
How beautiful they are, nicely captured :)
October 29th, 2016  
Gorgeous find and shot !
October 29th, 2016  
Marvelous.
October 29th, 2016  
What a very cool capture. Always a gift to come across some species you've been on the lookout for. ( Or, for which you have been on the look out, to avoid a dangling participle).
October 29th, 2016  
Great shot!
October 30th, 2016  
@gardencat

I sometimes have trouble with that sentence construction - but read somewhere recently that it doesn't matter any more!!
October 30th, 2016  
Amazing. I would avoid them too. They certainly have hallucogenic effects similar to LSD and are very dangerous. I didn't know that the effects were lost after cooking
October 30th, 2016  
what a great find haze, lovely colours too
October 30th, 2016  
Beautiful!
November 1st, 2016  
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