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Took This At Pulbrough Brooks RSPB today, Hope you like it,
Luke

infomation on the Fungus taken from wikipedia.org,

Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly Amanita is a poisonous 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 plantations, and is now a true cosmopolitan species. It associates with various deciduous and coniferous trees. The quintessential toadstool, it is a large white-gilled, white-spotted, usually deep red mushroom, one of the most recognizable and widely encountered in popular culture. Several subspecies, with differing cap colour, have been recognised to date, including the brown regalis (considered a separate species), the yellow-orange flavivolvata, guessowii, and formosa, and the pinkish persicina. Genetic studies published in 2006 and 2008 show several sharply delineated clades which may represent separate species.

Although it is generally considered poisonous, deaths are extremely rare, and it is consumed as a food in parts of Europe, Asia, and North America after parboiling. Amanita muscaria is now primarily famed for its hallucinogenic properties, with its main psychoactive constituent being the compound muscimol. It 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 traditional use of this mushroom as an intoxicant in places other than Siberia; however, such traditions are far less well-documented. The American banker and amateur ethnomycologist R. Gordon Wasson proposed the fly agaric was in fact the Soma talked about in the ancient Rig Veda texts of India; since its introduction in 1968, this theory has gained both followers and detractors in anthropological literature.

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony A550
Lens:70-300
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Nov 2011 - 2:43 PM
Focal Length:120mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:-1.3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Fired
Title:fly agaric - Amanita Muscaria
Username:drayl002 drayl002
Uploaded:20 Nov 2011 - 5:39 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, General, Wildlife / nature
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MrsS
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20 Nov 2011 - 6:09 PM

Super detail and beautifully presented! Smile

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martin174
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20 Nov 2011 - 6:34 PM

Good shot.
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20 Nov 2011 - 6:59 PM

Thamks fran and martin

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20 Nov 2011 - 7:09 PM

What a lovely photo Smile





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drayl002
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20 Nov 2011 - 7:18 PM

Thanks James

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20 Nov 2011 - 7:48 PM

A beautiful capture - we don't get these on our farm, I wish we did! Smile

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Samuel_Aron
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20 Nov 2011 - 7:48 PM

Good macro!
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Gezina
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20 Nov 2011 - 8:54 PM

Lovely detailed shot Luke - Ina

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Gray_ina
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20 Nov 2011 - 10:29 PM

Hi Luke great shot ,youve done the homework on it well, regards gray.

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21 Nov 2011 - 4:29 PM

Thanks Karen, Sam, Ina & gray

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