Another from the pine forest in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Sunday 20 April.

With the picturesque shack, lichen covered pine trees, red mushrooms, and then the mist rolling in, I was torn in so many directions – in the end I made an attempt to get all elements in the one shot!

Margo has kindly provided me with the following info on the red mushrooms – glad I didn’t taste any – I could have flown like Santa’s reindeers!!!

(1) The Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria is the famous white-spotted red toadstool beloved of children’s book illustrators.

They are widely known as one of the few poisonous fungi in the UK, but it is not generally realised that this is because they are in fact strongly psychedelic. Eaten raw, they cause stomach cramps, hallucinations1 and, possibly, death.

In some parts of Europe they have long been associated with magic and legend. In Lapland, reindeer regularly get high on them and are seen to leap around, giving rise to the story of Santa’s flying reindeer. Lapps have a custom of deliberately feeding them to their deer, and then collecting and drinking the urine because most of the toxins are filtered out by the reindeer’s digestive system.

1 They are not the same thing as ‘magic mushrooms’.


(2) Also, ‘toad-stuhl’ is a German name meaning ‘seat of death’.

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  • DeEtta Brown
    DeEtta Brownabout 6 years ago

    Wow. Great fairy tale picture. Perfect title.

  • Thank you DeEtta – this little shed was such a great find!!! And to have the red mushrooms as well – like walking into a movie set!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Kevin  Kroeker
    Kevin Kroekerabout 6 years ago

    Excellent Rosalie!!!! You amaze me with every capture! Stunning work!

  • Thanks Kevin – I only put about 10 minutes of post work into this one (having done a few other versions first!!) and almost had to flip a coin as to which one to upload … I do appreciate the favouriting.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Maximus
    Maximusabout 6 years ago

    Don’t think thje big bad wolf will have too much trouble here. Nicely done. :)

  • I suspect some kind of being, human or animal, had been bunking in here on and off by the junk that was around! But you are right – the wolf has easy access! Thanks Max.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • margo
    margoabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic Rosalie. Including the little red mushrooms (fly agaric I think) adds a magical touch to an already outstanding image. I just love it.

  • Ah I had no idea Margo what these mushies are called – they were everywhere! Obviously they like this particular pine park or pine needle to feed off. Now I can go look them up and find out exactly. Thanks for the favouriting and the kind words.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyabout 6 years ago

    This is really great… I love the little mushrooms in the foreground… Wonderful

  • Thanks Carol – certainly was a great find!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Sarah Moore
    Sarah Mooreabout 6 years ago

    Very pretty – it just needs a fairy!

  • Oh goodness Sarah – and the umpteen forest shots need dinosaurs or knights or fair maidens or Friar Tucks or something too! Full time job!!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Peace Mitchell
    Peace Mitchellabout 6 years ago

    Another great shot Rosalie! So much atmosphere.

  • Thanks so much Peace! Very atmospheric place.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Farmncamera
    Farmncameraabout 6 years ago
    Reminds me of the remnants of a an old “whisky” still back in the mountains… “White lightnin”….
  • Wow Elaine didn’t think to have a sniff around – may have stumbled onto something here!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Davies
    Daviesabout 6 years ago

    Gorgeous capture and colours Rosalie. You certainly find some interesting places on your photography trips.

  • This was a real bonus Noelene – quite surreal to be there in person! Thanks for the kind words.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainabout 6 years ago

    Awesome Rosalie, this is superb, looks just like Grandma’s house should, i can just see the old Wolf trying to sneak up

  • So quaint with shingles and all – I would love to know what this shed really was meant for!! Thanks for the favouriting Pinky.

    – Rosalie Dale

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