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Fly Agaric as a weed. . .

Fly Agaric as a weed. . .
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Copyright: sheldon GL (shel) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-04
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Nikon FE2
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-22 11:19
Viewed: 4881
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Fly Agaric growing by the side of the road, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand.

Amanita muscaria, the Fly Agaric, is an introduced species in New Zealand. A weed.
This toadstool is very poisonous to humans. It is found where birches, oaks, pines, and native beech grow. Its effect on native fungi in New Zealand is still not properly understood, but it is of deep concern to landcare experts there.
These toadstools are also, it is widely believed, amongst the favourite haunts of the wee folk, fairies. In deference to this widely held belief, I have given this photograph a slight, soft diffused glow.

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Hi Sheldon, this is a great picture. You managed the light on this beautiful mushrooms on a great way.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-06-23 15:24]

Hi Sheldon,
Well done on this capture. A beautiful composition and details. Excellent work.


Great capture Sheldon, the light and colour are superb. The diffused glow is a nice artistic touch. Good job.

Nice photo interesting lighting

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-12 4:38]

Great picture. I like the softness of it. The colours are great.
Nice composition.

With such a shot, and the critiques you've made, I believe that photoblink.com might be a suitable "place" for you to visit.
Great photos, I can tell you are well practised.
Take care!

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  • DLM Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 2] (124)
  • [2005-07-25 14:05]

Hi Sheldon,
simply a beautiful image,colors are truely wonderful,lovely textures and POV.
Well done.

Hi Sheldon... what glorious colors on these fungi. The stairstep effect with graduated height makes for a fantastic composition. Wonderfully done :-)

Hi Shel,
The light and colours of this images are fantastic.
The soft glow adds much - fits the fairytale :-)
TFS - Shir

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-09-27 5:48]

This is a good capture of the fungi Sheldon. Nice and bright and sharp too. Good composition too, well done.

Hi Sheldon.
This is a very artistic image, the light and glow made a really nice atmosphere. In my modest opinion, it is just a pity that you did not remove the ilttle straws in the way, but still a great image. Thanks very much for sharing.
PD: It is not so poisonous, there is a lot of legend in this one. A lot of tribus use it regularly for antheogenic porpouses. If you just pick them and eat them, you will probably vomit and have some gastrointestinal problems and a bad trip, not much more than if you drink a bottle of whisky :)
Great work, Felipe.

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