Fly Agaric Mushroom by vignouse

Fly Agaric Mushroom

The Fly Agaric mushroom - latin name Amanita Muscaria - is toxic, but is also known for it's hallucogenic properties. Certain commentators assert that the consumption of this mushroom is responsible for the legends of Father Christmas, 'little people' generally and almost every religion known to man. It is known as an entheogen, which means 'creating the divine within'. It is eaten in certain eastern european countries after parboiling to remove the psychoactive components, the chief of which is muscimol.

I'm content to just photograph them, not least because it is very easy to confuse them with other members of the Amanita genus which will cause rapid death if eaten. By the way, the common name Fly Agaric is believed to derive from the practice of drying the mushroom to a powder which, mixed with milk, can be used as an insecticide.
That is so cool, great pov and dof, the detail it awesome too :)
November 11th, 2014  
This mushroom seems to be a favorite on 365 probably for it's color. You have done a wonderful job of capturing it here. The dof is perfect.
November 11th, 2014  
Simply wonderful, perfect
November 11th, 2014  
Love it!
November 11th, 2014  
nice and simple
November 11th, 2014  
So sharp and shiny, it looks to good to be growing. Nice blur to draw us right on to it. Well done Richard.
November 11th, 2014  
Fantastic shot and interesting information. I don' think I would eat it either knowing that I might confuse it with something that might kill me.
November 12th, 2014  
Fabulous capture, composition, focus, details, fav
November 12th, 2014  
We having them in Poland. Beautiful capture.
November 12th, 2014  
Lovely focus and light, great detail and color
November 12th, 2014  
cool..fav
November 12th, 2014  
Wonderful! All I ever find is boring flesh colored mushrooms!
November 12th, 2014  
:D Nice find! Never seen father Christmas though!!
November 12th, 2014  
perfect shot ... fav
November 12th, 2014  
Beautiful color and comp. Love the shallow dof, gives it a mysterious quality.
November 12th, 2014  
Beautiful. They never cease to amaze me!
November 12th, 2014  
I thought these were the stuff of fairy tales until 365...it still amazes me to see them. This is beautiful...lovely composition.
November 12th, 2014  
Too gorgeous. It looks like it has arms. Going into my favs Richard.
November 12th, 2014  
Wonderful shot!
November 12th, 2014  
magical
November 12th, 2014  
Wonderful capture
November 12th, 2014  
Great shot
November 12th, 2014  
superb shot
November 12th, 2014  
A great shot and interesting write up Richard.
November 12th, 2014  
Excellent image and I love your words too
November 12th, 2014  
Wonderful focus, composition. Such a sweet mushroom ... one we expect to find in fairytales.
November 12th, 2014  
Beautiful capture! Your comp is great!
November 12th, 2014  
Pam
Beautiful shot!
November 12th, 2014  
Beautiful capture of this gorgeous mushroom.
November 12th, 2014  
all's that missing is a little gnome creature.
November 12th, 2014  
Very precious!!
November 12th, 2014  
Perfect capture. I love the look of these at just this stage - the red colour is at its deepest. Fav!
November 12th, 2014  
Lovely picture and interesting information. I love the deep red colour. Katharine
November 12th, 2014  
Stunning shot. So poisonous and so lovely. I really like the softness framing the mushroom. It makes the picture have an emotional impact for me when I look at it. And stunning too on black. Fav
November 12th, 2014  
Lee
Fabulous.
November 12th, 2014  
Fantastic capture great information!
November 13th, 2014  
A really good shot of this colourful fungi Richard.
November 13th, 2014  
beautiful shot

you uh just photograpped it though right?
November 13th, 2014  
Great shot Richard. I love the clarity and detail. The information was great too.
November 14th, 2014  
superb. Fav
November 14th, 2014  
Jo
What a beauty, love how you have used DoF and the PoV to make it pop, its a super shot. fav
November 18th, 2014  
Thanks for taking time to shoot it! Lovely, composed well. FAV!
December 19th, 2014  
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