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Picture of fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) fungus – Memory from the fall in Northern Norway

December 14th, 2007 · 7 Comments

Picture of fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) fungus
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera September 6th 2007. Click image for larger view.

In this picture you can see the characteristic fly agaric fungus (Amanita muscaria), also known as fly Amanita. There have been some talk that the vikings used to eat them to get into their “berserk mode”, but this is most likely just an urban legend. If you are wondering, I did not eat it 😉

Captured the photo of the mushroom back in September when there was still some green grass to be seen.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
Flash used
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

Tags: Autumn · Fly agaric · Fungus · Mushroom · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Marvia // Dec 14, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    Sooo pretty. Reminds of fairy tales, elves and pixies at the bottom of a garden.

  • 2 Leena // Dec 14, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    It’s not very rare, but I bloggeg about it 🙂
    http://conceptisaddict.blogspot.com/2007/10/sometimes-i-realize-that-things-which.html
    It happens to be the Super Mario Mushroom and obviously not known in Japan.
    Great picture (as always) !

  • 3 Lynda Lehmann // Dec 16, 2007 at 12:00 am

    I think I’ve heard this one referred to as the “Deadly Amanita.” If that’s the case, they probably didn’t dare eat it!

    Anyway, it’s a lovely photo!

  • 4 best offer site // Dec 16, 2007 at 4:22 am

    Great Picture and look very lovely

  • 5 The Wild Type // Dec 16, 2007 at 4:50 am

    There were or are Canadian tribes who consume the mushroom as a religious ritual – interestingly enough the older men, because their livers are more susceptible to damage, imbibe the fungus through the urine of younger men…

    Just a little fact for the day!

  • 6 jenty // Dec 16, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    That’s a beautiful looking toadstool! As Marvia said, it looks like it belongs in a fairytale.

  • 7 vaggelis vlahos // Dec 17, 2007 at 11:11 am

    wonderful shot, great colors