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Two small Amanita mushrooms, not fully opened, contrast enhanced with The Gimp | by Martin LaBar (going on hiatus)
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Two small Amanita mushrooms, not fully opened, contrast enhanced with The Gimp

I was told, in a comment on the previous mushroom shot -- see my comment with a photo, just below this one -- that these are fruiting bodies of Amanita muscaria var. formosa. I think they are beautiful, even though poisonous.

 

As you know, mushroom fruiting bodies are thrust up rapidly after a rain, as happened in this case. The mushroom filaments had been quietly absorbing nutrients from dissolve plant matter, underground, for months, maybe years, until the time was ripe to go into reproductive mode. When these opened, they would have released millions of spores from their gills, under the mushroom cap.

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Taken on October 18, 2009