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Amanita muscaria (Fly Agaric or Fly Amanita or in Dutch Vliegenzwam)

This mushroom is a very commun mushroom in The Netherlands. They are growing in woods or, as in this example along the roadside, but always together with a tree...
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This mushroom is a very commun mushroom in The Netherlands. They are growing in woods or, as in this example along the roadside, but always together with a tree living in a symbiosis.

Wikipedea (English):
Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, is a mushroom 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 and birch plantations, and is now a true cosmopolitan species. It associates with various deciduous and coniferous trees.

Arguably the most iconic toadstool species, the fly agaric is a large white-gilled, white-spotted, usually red mushroom, and is one of the most recognisable and widely encountered in popular culture. Several subspecies with differing cap colour have been recognised, including the brown regalis (often considered a separate species), the yellow-orange flavivolvata, guessowii, formosa, and the pinkish persicina. Genetic studies published in 2006 and 2008 show several sharply delineated clades that may represent separate species.

Although classified as poisonous, 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 parts of Europe, Asia, and North America. Amanita muscaria is noted for its hallucinogenic properties, with its main psychoactive constituent being the compound muscimol. The mushroom 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 possible traditional use of this mushroom as an intoxicant in other places such as the Middle East, Eurasia, North America, and Scandinavia.

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Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm f-2.8G NED, @ 66 mm (ff-eq 66 mm, but cropped to about 140 mm), 1-320 s, F-2.8, ISO 400 no flash.
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sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 October 29, 2017
These shrooms are awesome シ
Pjerry
Pjerry October 29, 2017
I don't know what the story is in the US, but in Holland they say that gnoms live in these mushrooms..... I'm still searching but I couldn't find them until now.
Pjerry
Pjerry October 29, 2017
btw: Thanks ;)
deannefortnam
 
deannefortnam November 05, 2017
Beautiful detailed shot!
Pjerry
Pjerry November 05, 2017
Thanks. We were just in time. The rain makes it very interesting, but when it's raining to much/long all the white dots are gone.
Alinna PRO+
 
Alinna November 25, 2017
Very nice shot! I took a mushroom workshop once and ate it prepared by the instructor. Quiet delicious. No psychedelicseffect. I haveshot if this rvent too. :)
Pjerry
Pjerry December 01, 2017
Thank you very much. When somebody who knows what he is doing than it's no problem. I will never tough mushrooms when I'm alone. I don't trust my judgement...
Cikabum
 
Cikabum December 04, 2017
Awesome shot! And you've done your homework very well on the subject.
Pjerry
Pjerry December 09, 2017
Thanks a lot. I always want to know "everything" about my subjects, although I have to learn to do it in advance instead of afterwards.... :)
MaryMulholland
 
MaryMulholland December 31, 2017
Stunning image color is perfect, if these are same as we have in Adelaide they are totally poisonous but so pretty :)
Pjerry
Pjerry January 01, 2018
I don't know very much about mushrooms, I only enjoy the beauty of it. It looks like it is the same mushroom as the ones in the nothern hemisphere as you can read in the Wiki. Thanks for your very nice and supporting comment.
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Joviaal January 28, 2020
Prachtig setje, ik zag er nooit zoveel zo dicht op elkaar, zeer bijzonder.
Pjerry
Pjerry May 30, 2020
We kwamen ze tegen in Friesland langs een provinciale weg. Echt heel bijzonder. Niets kapot getrapt (zoals zo vaak in Utrecht). We hebben echt genoten van dit moment.
RickL PRO+
 
RickL May 30, 2020
Exceptional composition,excellent colors
Pjerry
Pjerry May 30, 2020
Thank you very much. It just had rained (or was still raining, I don't know anymore) that made a a wonderful picture. A lovely surface.
CPKphoto
 
CPKphoto May 30, 2020
best mushroom pictures I've seen yet
Pjerry
Pjerry June 04, 2020
Wow, thank you, what a compliment!!
Marylee8797 Platinum
 
Marylee8797 January 15, 2021
Beautiful! And thank you for the kind words!
Pjerry
Pjerry January 15, 2021
Thanks Marylee and…. I'm a very nice person ;).
Drosera
 
Drosera January 22, 2021
Outstanding photography and composition.
Pjerry
Pjerry January 22, 2021
Thank you so much...
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