Weekly Photo Challenge: FALL

What could be more a sign of “Fall” than mushrooms? (At least in my mind….)

We found this speckled specimen growing in the woods at Northampton’s delightful Look Park on one of the few non-rainy mornings we’ve had lately:

And no, we didn’t gather it, since I wouldn’t know a poisonous toadstool from a Portebello if I found them in the wild.

(But if any of you know your mushrooms, maybe you could identify it from this photo?)

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21 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: FALL

  1. What a great photo! Beautiful mushroom! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. pix & kardz says:

    awesome! this almost looks like an amanita muscaria to me (i have included one in my post), although usually they are more red in colour. as they mature, they level out on top, and are no longer as round anymore.
    so i could be mistaken, as this one ha a fairly large stem already, making it appear older. maybe someone else knows?

    • Touch2Touch says:

      You gave me the clue, Chris! I googled the amanitas, and it looks like var. formosa is The One. The muscarias are red, as is the one in your blog post of wonderful Fall photos. Amanita, var. formosa looks just like it but is yellow, with the center of the circle shading to red, as here.
      Also, Pauline — as will appear soon — gives the definitive nod to the formosas. I seem to recall that “formosa” in Latin? Greek? means beautiful. And they are beautiful, if deadly.
      P.S. I’m a BIG murder mystery fan of the Agatha Christie school, and so I’m chuffed (as the British reputedly say) to have actually encountered a member of the amanita family, which includes the Destroying Angel and the Death Cap varieties. Who would have dreamed, at our family friendly Look Park!

  3. Julia says:

    What a fabulous picture. You can almost see the juices flowing through!

  4. ceceliafutch says:

    Beautiful. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one quite like this.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Nor had I —
      And now that I know its distinguished (if lethal) family connections — the Death Cap mushroom, the Destroying Angel, and the like — I find it disconcerting!

  5. Pauline says:

    Looks like an Amanita Muscaria variant called Formosa. Another variant has a red speckled cap and yes, they’re poisonous.

    The mushrooms in my woods have been seriously chewed – it never occurred to me to take a photo but you’ve changed my mind…

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Got it in one, Pauline! (See my reply to Chris of pix & kardz, who was the first to reply.)
      If animals chew the mushrooms — presumably that’s who’s been chewing in your woods — do they take ill? Or just people? I wonder.
      When I photographed it, I hadn’t a clue, it was just extraordinary looking and that’s why I snapped it.

  6. northernnarratives says:

    That’s amazing 🙂

  7. suitablefish says:

    that’s incredible. great macro.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Thanks, Susan.
      I do my best with my Canon Powerpoint, because i love macro effects. I was crushed when I discovered you really needed a macro lens for the full possibilities. 😦
      But it’s all good. Just as blogging is the most fun I’ve ever had with writing, photography is the most fun I’ve ever had in “making art.”

  8. 2e0mca says:

    Nice capture – I believe it’s a Fly Agaric and it will probably get redder as it opens its cup. Poisonous. In fact, I think that just about every mushroom that has patches of skin left on it’s surface is poisonous to some degree. Be vary careful of the ‘Destroying Angel’ – that one doesn’t usually have the dead skin and can look very much like a normal field mushroom. I think you have to check the gill structure really closely.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      We’ve established (thanks to assorted commenters) that it’s Amanita var. formosa. Yes, poisonous. I learned only from your comment that another name for it is Fly Agaric.
      I saw this mushroom while walking in the park and found it so striking-looking that I photographed it in situ. But I would be too scared ever to eat any mushrooms that I picked — unless they’re in a box in the produce department in the supermarket. 😉

  9. Stef says:

    Mushrooms that I don’t find in the grocery store scare me. With my luck (and lack of knowledge), I’d touch one that would render me paralyzed…

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