Mushrooms and Fungi
> Amanita jacksonii
Lenox, Ma. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Canon EOS 10D
1/60s f/4.5 at 55.0mm iso400 with Flash
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Superb colour! Great capture! V
Actually this is not Amanita Caesarea, it is Amanita Jacksonii.
Beautiful shot of these mushrooms. I have only seen Amanita muscaria growing in New Zealand, and find them so pretty - but deadly poisonous! I find this pair of your, 'mother and child', very interesting for me to see. Well portrayed, thank you.
Very nice shot. The color of the fungi is really nice.
Tom, I envy you for this finding.
The advices below are well given. In Europe, however, there are more edible Amanita species then poisonous ones. If the one on the pic is really the same species as in Europe (there are still discussions about that), it is one of the most delicious mushrooms.
During a visit to Belarus this year, we (my wife and I) evidently ate 32 different species of mushroom and found even more (but not in a usable state). But being biologists we know them quite well - which doesn't mean anything as even biologists can err. The only thing we had to be careful about was that we did not collect them in areas which have been contaminated after the Tchernobyl desaster.
Anyway, nice gallery.
Oh, boy...do you take me back on this subject. Excellent photos,by the way. I have photographed and written several small articles on fungi for our local newspaper in the l960's (B&W) photos then. The Amanita Phalloides (death destroying angel) is only one of the many Amanitas that have caused death amongst its ardent fungi gatherers. One European large family came to Canada to live, gathered lots of fungi in a basket which included only one A. Phalloides. There were sixteen members in that family which included a small baby. With the recipe which included all the fungus gathered were ingested, 15 members of that family were dead within 24 hours of ingestion. Only the four month old baby survived this ordeal. Your lineup of photos can certainly help educate people NOT to take fungus gathering unless they are biologists orlearned students of biology. Nice work...good photos.
Tom, I hope you took a GPS reading on this one.
I believe this is Amanita caesarea. I found one of these in Ware, MA. Very beautiful. Yellow beneath and yellow gills. (It's been a long while.) Clear cap with no veil fragments. However sometimes Amanita can have the patches washed off by rain and appear somewhat like the A caesarea.
Most Amanita are not for eating and most are poisonous to varying degrees. A couple are downright bad news deadly -- A. virosa and A. phalloides (<---not sure I've got this last one correct).
Both destroying angel and ?death cap destroy organs (liver, maybe kidneys) and their victims suffered a nasty prolonged death.