Amanita muscaria

Autumn is the season of change, and misty mornings when deciduous trees with wonderfully coloured leaves make it a time photographers love.  For me it is also when many and varied fungi begin to appear, and I get down and dirty to take my pictures.  These spotted ones have appeared in my front garden over the last few days.  They are Amanita muscaria or Fly Agaric toadstools, the classic toadstool of childrens’ fairy story illustrations, or magic mushrooms from hippie times.  They are hallucinogenic, and although thought to be poisonous, there are no recorded deaths from consuming them as they can be eaten if par boiled.  It is not recommended!



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