08.12.2018 Amanita…do not eat a

The Blusher (Amanita rubescens) is variable in appearance.

Supposedly edible if properly prepared (like a pufferfish), but as I suggest in the title, I wouldn’t take a chance on any Amanita.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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24 Responses to 08.12.2018 Amanita…do not eat a

  1. Gallivanta says:

    I am happy to just look at this beauty.

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  2. Great soft light on the mushrooms that stand among the pine needles and cones. I like these pics a lot. No one could pay me enough to eat a wild mushroom. Beside the fact that when mushrooms are harvested people are removing something important in the ecosystem. Everything is there for a purpose and therefore sensitive to disruption.

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    • I leave what I find in Nature where I find it for the organisms that rely on it for their survival. I don’t even pick wild blueberries.I do eat wild mushrooms but they are from mushroom farms, not picking.

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      • Yes, I too get mushrooms at the grocery store. I buy from our state wide grocery store called HEB. It is a great store with a wide range of fresh produce. The mushrooms are cheap and they spice up dishes that I make from scratch.

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  3. Andrew says:

    I have never felt confident enough to forage for wild fungi. They look good (especially yours) but I would prefer Live View to dead.

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  4. Are these all recent images? If so, you surely have had a bit of rain.

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  5. I like the first mushroom’s determination, bulldozing up through the pine needles and litter. There was a lot of coral fungi in the woods yesterday, and expect to see more after a few rainy days.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    The top photo reminds me of a chenille bedspread. I do like the way it’s pushed its way up through the pine needles and cone. The combination of textures is appealing. The downward slope of the cap in the third photo’s fun, too. It contributes to the fungi’s air of insouciance.

    Anyone who eats one of these things might experience what I experienced when I read the single word ‘Amanita’ in your title. In a flash, I’d been carried back to 1973, and was hearing the name sung to this little tune.

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    • Cool. A nice mushroom themed tune. That, and another he did…Shambala…have been covered by many.I like the one you linked to.
      The tip of the cap was what first attracted me followed by the tiny bumpy patches. A lot of times some of the “debris” around the mushroom might be cleared or thinned to reduce the distractions but in this case it’s all part of the story and I liked the combination.


  7. Nor would I. I do like these images of them, though. So attractive, the way the emerge from the duff. Our woods are so dry and hard under the trees, and I think non-native earth worms are eating all the duff. Can’t help but wonder what long-term effect that must be having on the trees but on the other hand, worm castings are quite rich material for plants so maybe it is a wash.

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  8. Your rhyming of “amanita” with “do not eat a” suddenly took me back to my childhood on Long Island and the self-serving name of a chain of appliance stores: Uneeda. To my surprise, I looked online just now and found some Uneeda stores still exist in New Jersey.

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  9. I used to pick mushrooms for consumption when i was a kid (with my dad) many years ago. Now i play it safe and stick to the grocery stores! When i went to SIU college, every year one or two students would die from mushroom poisoning.

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    • Even the experts make a mistake. I am more than satisfied with what I can get at the market and as I mentioned above, I’d rather leave the wild stuff for the organisms, plant or animal, that require them. But I do know that a lot of folks do forage and that’s their prerogative..


  10. bluebrightly says:

    Great images of this gorgeous mushroom. They are always a stand-out, which probably helps (aids in proper ID) and doesn’t help (people are attracted to it). Beautiful work!

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    • Thanks, Lynn. I think the last one, tipping its cap, is a bit past prime but I found it attractive just the same. It’s funny to think of the fruiting body of a fungus and all that word means to the average person on the street, as lovely. 🙂


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