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At this time of the year the Amanita muscaria (also known as fly agaric) grow in profusion in the pine needles of this forest in the Blue Mountains (NSW, Australia). I believe they have magic qualities if eaten (I can imagine!!) … there must be some very happy little creatures around as a lot of the mushrooms have holes in them!

This time last year, I shot Persistence in the same area.

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  • Sarah Moore
    Sarah Mooreover 5 years ago

    So pretty! Needs a fairy though…LOL

  • Yep as Sharon says, where are they when you need them!!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Memaa
    Memaaover 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot, Rosalie. I have never seen anything like these funny mushrooms in person. What a great find. They are so bright red……..I guess they are very poisonous?

  • They certainly are quite potent Sue – someone last year suggested that drinking the urine of reindeer who have eaten these mushrooms is practised in some parts of the world (wonder if this is why Santa is so happy and he dresses in red and white?!!!) … not really on my ‘to do’ list!!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Sharon Hammond
    Sharon Hammondover 5 years ago

    I’ve never seen one in real life. Gorgeous. I agree with Sarah – fairys (where are they when you need them)

  • You are right about the fairies! There were masses of red mushies in this area Sharon – I think it is Birch Pines that seem to encourage their growth. Fascinating to walk through – very story-bookish!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 5 years ago

    Excellent shot Rosalie, great colours …

  • They are stunning in real life Tom. Thanks heaps

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 5 years ago

    Beautiful, I think if you ate a few of these you might see fairies………..

  • I’m laughing here – you are right Marvin – probably see MORE than fairies! (and why do I think of Tedz whenever I see them? Hmmmm … shroom king!!).

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shrooms Rosalie! Great title! x :o)

  • Thanks for adding this to your favs Marilyn. They were fascinating!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • GailD
    GailDover 5 years ago

    Wow. They are vibrant. I’ve not seen these ‘in the flesh’ so as to speak. Brilliant detail.

  • I purposely didn’t clean these ones up too much – got them in their natural state pushing up through the needles – they are really bright at this stage and turn a strange orange colour as they age! A hippy paradise?! Thanks for the encouragement Gail

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Shelly Harris
    Shelly Harrisover 5 years ago

    Wonderful photo!

  • Thanks so much Shelly

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Lorraine Creagh
    Lorraine Creaghover 5 years ago

    I was at Oberon over easter and in the pine forests. I took a couple of shots of these gorgeous red mushroom also. Not nearly as nice as yours. Great shot.

    Oh, it’s shame the fairies were hiding =P

  • It is always fun to find these mushies lurking Lorraine isn’t it! Yep shame about the fairies – although who knows who’s taking bites out of these beauties! They may come out at night … ?

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 5 years ago

    Thanks Tabitha for adding this to your favs

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