E.J.Wilkins

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Autumn Fruits


Fly Agaric

Amanita muscaria

A deadly harvest. These fungi are poisonous, don't mess with them.

In the past they were broken up and steeped in milk, to kill flies, hence the name. I don't know many who would try it today.

There's excellent information about this and other fungi on Roger Phillips site - Rogers Mushroooms - where there's also a very useful identification key.

Some people might say that these are not proper "autumn fruits", but it's worth remembering that these are the part of the organism that bears the seed - the spores, growing upwards from a network of mycelium underground and out of sight.
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Autumn Fruits


Fly Agaric

Amanita muscaria

A deadly harvest. These fungi are poisonous, don't mess with them.

In the past they were broken up and steeped in milk, to kill flies, hence the name. I don't know many who would try it today.

There's excellent information about this and other fungi on Roger Phillips site - Rogers Mushroooms - where there's also a very useful identification key.

Some people might say that these are not proper "autumn fruits", but it's worth remembering that these are the part of the organism that bears the seed - the spores, growing upwards from a network of mycelium underground and out of sight.
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comments (30)

  • Red Pen
  • United States
  • 20 Nov 2008, 00:31
It's weird that such fanciful looking things are so toxic. And it appears something or someone has had a nibble!
EJWilkins: I think they're eaten by slugs
  • FLOOG
  • The library of my contented soul
  • 20 Nov 2008, 05:39
They wear a coat of arms that suggests, 'Beware, eat me at your peril'!

Stunning and deadly, and yet as a huge fan of mushrooms in cooking, I can't help but desire them.

A superb photograph, and as always, an interesting and intriguing post smile
EJWilkins: I wouldn't recommend it Paul, but look up Shaman and agaric, you'll be surprised what you uncover
It is just as well that these actually look inedible, Ellie.
EJWilkins: They do, don't they. Some pictures make them look positively enticing
I never realised that is how they got their name. Excellent picture Ellie and I will check out that website too!
EJWilkins: Aha, you've learned something new today Bill smile
Very nice Ellie. When I see these in the wild they always looked nibbled by animals. No doubt this was in the New Forest
EJWilkins: Yes, it was, about here
http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=50.78042&lon=-1.515259&z=16.6&r=357&src=msl
I think they get eaten by slugs
  • Frida
  • Sweden (swe)
  • 20 Nov 2008, 08:48
I think they are rather beautiful. But I wonder who it is that takes small bites out of them. They look like that here tosmile
EJWilkins: I think they get eaten by slugs Frida
  • mikedi
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Nov 2008, 09:58
Good picture. Did the part in the frame form part of a circle - as in a "fairy ring"?
EJWilkins: No, they were growing in an almost straight line, up a bank under some bushes.
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands England
  • 20 Nov 2008, 10:03
They look deadly Ellie. Almost festering from the tops.
Well composed shotsmile
EJWilkins: Festering is a good word to use Tracy
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Nov 2008, 10:08
Are they only poisonous to humans? I wonder what has been having a go - obviously not to their taste as they seem to have spit most of it out! Lovely autumnal observation.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: No, there's stuff online about them being given to animals, with hallucinogenic results, some really weird sites I can tell you! I think these will have been eaten by slugs.
Lovely photo Ellie, and good information too. Even though so deadly, they do look really pretty.
EJWilkins: They do look pretty, and that's the catch really.
real autumn photo
EJWilkins: Yes, I thought so. Thanks Chantal
Great observation Ellie. I like that you framed them in diagonal!
EJWilkins: Lucky for me that they were growing diagonally up a bank under some bushes smile
Are these the infamous Magic mushrooms? smile Looks so lovely, but deadly. Nice composition and capture.
EJWilkins: No, Magic Mushrooms are something entirely different. I think they'd be described in the book/site I mentioned
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 20 Nov 2008, 11:15
so good to look at but deadly to mankind,great capture Ellie
EJWilkins: Yep, good job they aren't grown commercially!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Nov 2008, 11:35
They are very pretty, Ellie. But, if they kill flies then I am not sure I like them so much.
EJWilkins: Ah, it depends on how much you like flies doesn't it?
They're the most interesting looking of mushrooms. I learned long ago that these were untouchables. I will check out your link
EJWilkins: I like the site I linked, have got the book too. The pictures in it are really very good
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 20 Nov 2008, 14:31
Looks like something has already had a nibble out of some of these, Ellie; anything dead laying nearby?
EJWilkins: I think they get eaten by slugs, the ponies know better than to even bother. They were tucked away under some bushes.
NICE PIC! DO YOU ACTUALLY PICK MUSHROOMS IN YOUR AREA ?
I've learnt somewhere that the Lapps feed their reindeers with fly agaric mushrooms when wanting to more them a great distance, the hallucinogenic content causes them to get a move on!
Every photographers favourite fungus Ellie, how lucky to get a clump all together.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Nov 2008, 17:34
I promise not to try these with my bacon and eggs at the weekend. Such a pretty red though ;o)
même mortels ils sont magnifiques, sublime photo
  • martie
  • United States
  • 20 Nov 2008, 19:47
I like this one! The reds are such a nice contrast to the other colors and remind me of farie land!
Great shot. So many together. Did you know that the Vikings used these mushrooms in a brew before battle and used the violent hallucinations to go BERSERK. True.
  • Aussie
  • A Wet & Stormy Brisbane
  • 20 Nov 2008, 22:36
These are wonderful and remind me of the illustrations in fairy story books from my childhood.
  • Kavita
  • Suriname
  • 20 Nov 2008, 23:02
Agree witj Red Pen:p
Superb photograph and information, as usual, Ellie!. Shame you didn`t capture the pixies! (:o)
In french Amanite tue mouches (Amannite flies killer) Nice but dangerous smile
You are difficult to find fungi in the forestÂ… you find them of 4 in fourÂ… but I believe that they are poisonous. Good work!
Very lovely composition. Well seen!

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