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Just a Bite... by MamzelleZephyr Just a Bite... by MamzelleZephyr
I was looking on the Internet to know the English & Latin name of this mushroom and found the latin one instead : Amanita muscaria (in the meanwhile I learnt it's called a toadstool in English). I thought it was poisonous when you ate it raw, which is quite true, but I learned it has... hallucinogenic properties! Maybe this is the one Alice in Wonderland took, who knows? I have a proof for that : if you look at the picture, you'll notice there is a piece of mushroom missing... ;)

Canon 7D + Sigma 17-70mm 2.8-4.5
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Iso 400
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f/4.5

Post-process : contrast, sharpness, slight vignetting
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Dark-Mel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Très belle photo, on dirait une maison de Schtroumpf!
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:iconmamzellezephyr:
MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
hi hi c'est vrai :) merci!
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Dark-Mel Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
^^
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Elsapret Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning shot!!Happy Girl 
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you very much, I'm honoured :hug:
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MissUmlaut Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014   Photographer
As far as I know, the muscarine is in very variables quantities in  this mushroom (depends of places, seasons, whatever) , and  is present mostly  or only in the red skin.
So there are places where this is traditionnally consumed (without the skin).
Dont try this at home...I rembenber a terrible WE when a friend decided to give the dried thing a try, not to get high but to make the truth clear about toxicity. I was in a place where the cellphone was not working, so I went away every  two hours or so to try his number...With no results. I was worried and anxious and tried to calm down, telling myself that at worse, he was only sick as a dog...End of the WE and he was perfectly safe, having dropped the idea of his mushoom try and go hicking in the hills with no phone instead.
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, what a story ! :wow: I'm glad your friend was okay and I can imagine how worried you were...
Now I understand better why this mushroom is eaten in some parts of the world,  because it didn't make any sense for me that it was toxic and edible in the same time!
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MissUmlaut Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014   Photographer
Yes, toxicity is debatable but this friend stubborness had worried me a lot and I was mad at him (but glad he renounced his experiment). He tends to make wild things out of sheer intellectual curiosity or funny creativity, but a likeable guy anyway.
The more plain looking amanita phalloides toxicity is not debatable.
Some very tiny mushrooms are used as a psychedelic drug : I suppose they are harmless since the people I know that took them( when it was fashionable !) where perfectly safe and normal after. Never got the nerves to try it myself, mostly I am afraid of my own vivid imagination.
The tricks of the chaman eating mushrooms and getting sick and pissing in a pot to drink the piss again because the metabolite of muscarine is more potent drug is not very appealling. Yuk !
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
ah ah yuk indeed ! :D
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
mmmh je crois que l'on aurait pu parler en français en fait ;)
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WagmoreBarkless Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The high is not worth the risk/damage/discomfort to your system.  
The only person I know personally who tried getting high on Amanita only tried it once - no permanent damage, fortunately.  
They're pretty to look at though.  If you want to burn a few brain cells, I suggest putting the mushroom in  a flower pot, smoke a joint, assume a full Lotus position and contemplate all the pretty colors Amanita muscaria has to offer.  That should work!

Untitled Drawing by WagmoreBarkless  
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
But your idea is interesting though ;)
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I was just kidding, I won't try it, no matter what ;) I prefer to capture it with my camera than to smoke it :p
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WagmoreBarkless Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree...  the best highs in life are truly natural ones - love; helping friends and strangers; the thrill of creating art; beholding the beauty of nature; and writing silly comments on DA!

I failed to actually comment on your photo - its beautiful! Heart   it reminds me of my boyhood on Kodiak Island (Alaska) where we lived a cabin surrounded by old-growth Sitka Spruce.
Your whole gallery is impressive!
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I must say I totally agree with you ! :nod:
And thanks ! I'm glad you like my gallery.
Wow, growing on an island... that must be something ! I didn't know what Sitka Spruce was so I googled it and these are beautiful trees :wow: I guess Kodiak island is worth visiting, isn't it?
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WagmoreBarkless Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Kodiak ia a very interesting place.  Wikipedia has a good entry about both the town of Kodiak and the Island in general, if you're interested.
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i've been looking on the internet... seems to be an awesome big island :wow: with breathtaking views and even bears :happybounce:
lucky guy, it's a dreamy place for a photographer !
The more I watch pictures of it, the more I want to go there. When is the next plane to Alaska? ha ha ! It's a pity flights are so expansive between Europe and the United States...
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LASKANWLF Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
Soooo beautiful Elodie!!  :love:
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MatzeR Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
To get psychedelic experiences, there are much better mushroom types on this planet. :hippie: shaman proved
In my opinion you should not try this on your own risk.
Just see it like that: If it would be that delicious, why is only this little piece missing? Maybe the animal who tasted this got sick :vomit: 
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
ah ah I won't try it, no matter what ! :) This one only had a piece missing, but some others were much more eaten... maybe they're dead now, but someone in the comments suggested could eat it without side effects... 
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scubapic Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Trop cool !!!
Quel titre :D
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
ah ah merci :)
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mladenigor Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Maybe this piece, who is missing was eaten by some snails or some animals. For them is not poisonous! Good shot!I'm hungry...Get in my belly! 
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, this is what I thought too. Thanks for commenting!  :)
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ViciousCircle-7 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfect shot! :heart:
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks :)
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arefin03 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student General Artist
really gorgeous! love the bokeh! 
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
glad you like it!  :)
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014   General Artist
beautiful light, depth and colours :)
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks Dan ! :happybounce: 
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014   General Artist
welcome :)
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Redsterfish Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
I once smoked the skin of this! Cooking llama 
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:iconmamzellezephyr:
MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
and you seem to be still alive... :D (Big Grin) 
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Redsterfish Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
What doesn´t kill us, makes us stronger Wink/Razz .
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
ah ah ! =P (Razz) 
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Redsterfish Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
No kiddin´ it just tastes nice. Similarly to tinker with some chocolate dust on top, just imagine Make Me Fly! 
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Ruellea Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing capture!
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you ! :blowkiss:
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Koyukichi Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice shot!
Love the angle and dark colours used ^^
Nice details as well.
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for your kind words :)
I didn't change the luminosity of the picture, so the dark colors are as I saw them, in the woods...
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Koyukichi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh that is cool!
Great idea and picture as well ^^ 
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks :D
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mandarinchenx Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
What a lovely picture. I guess it wasn't easy to find that mushroom in the woods, was it? I really adore these colours and the bokeh. The composition is perfect.
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey!  Actually I saw several of these mushrooms in this location, but usually I seldom see them while hiking.
Thank you very much for your kind words ! Hug 
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mandarinchenx Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :huggle:
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's perhaps also why they paint it in the forest sceneries in fairytales, you know, with all those fairies and unicorns around.... The only mystery is why is that in children's books, wtf :XD: By the way, you seem like you love to learn things so just so you know, when you write the Latin names of species the second one is never with a capital letter. The correct name is Amanita muscaria. Sounds like a petty detail, but that's a standard.
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes it may explain why some people see fairies, sprites and unicorns in the forest... They are not visible to the naked eye, you have to eat a piece of mushroom to see them :D
And thanks for the information I'll correct that !
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Teh magic mushroom of faerie visions :D So so true, exactly what I meant :D
You're welcome :)
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DragonSoliloquy Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, a toadstool. Neat. 
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