Goois Nature Reserve – Bussum – the Netherlands

Fly agaric or fly Amanita (Amanita muscaria wikipedia) among some of the last flowering Common Heather bushes

Today was a day of mushrooms, many, many mushrooms…
This was the first I photographed – a natural beauty…
Definitely this must be the mushroom that was the inspiration for the song that every Dutch and Flemish kid grows up with :
“Op een grote paddestoel, vol met witte stippen,
zat Kabouter Spillebeen, heen en weer te wippen,… "

Dutch speaking viewers know the rest of the song, I’m sure – and for the English speaking watchers, the full translation:
“On a big mushroom, full of white dots,
sat gnome Thinylegs , swinging back and forth,
‘knack’, said the mushroom, and with a big sigh,
both the little legs, hopla in the sky "

Like to hear it? Song at Youtube

Technical details
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Pentax-DA 18-55 lens
Exposure 1/60 sec, f. 5,6
focal length 43 , ISO 200
Date: Oct. 2, 2009

Challenge winner
This image was one of the threefold tie challenge winner in the Red white blue – Fungilicious challenge (Oct.25, 2010)

Features and Top10 placements
This image was featured in ImageWriting (2009-10-05)
Top10 placement in Fungilicious: Voucher challenge (May 13, 2010)
Top10 in Gilled mushrooms – Nature photography challenge (Apr. 28, 2011)
Featured in Pentax ladies (May 22, 2011)
Featured in Letter A, Alphabeth Soup": (July 9, 2011)
Top10 in Absolute clarity: Mushrooms (Aug. 28, 2012)
Thank you so much to the hosts of these marvellous groups and challenges

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See more of my mushrooms and fungi
See more of my Goois Nature Reserve collection

Comments and feed-back always welcome. Thanks for looking :)

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Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

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  • steppeland
    steppelandover 5 years ago

  • bubblehex08
    bubblehex08over 5 years ago

    Great photo and I love the song!

  • :D – thank you so much! :)

    – steppeland

  • Oh, I found the song on Youtube, so I’ve added the link LOL :D

    – steppeland

  • greenstone
    greenstoneover 5 years ago

    amazing shot! right up my street!!!

  • Thank you so much, Greenstone! :)

    – steppeland

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 5 years ago

  • Aww, that’s marvellous! Thank you so much, Cora! :)

    – steppeland

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 5 years ago is so nice to see magic delishiousness.. awesome image…and what a fab series

  • Aww, Isa, thank you so much for such a delightful comment and compliment! Glad you like my work! – And thanks for the fav too! :)

    – steppeland

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasover 5 years ago

    Excellent photo of this beautiful mushroom!

  • Thank you Stephen for the kind compliment! Glad you like it! :)

    – steppeland

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 5 years ago

    Congratulations Steppeland on your feature. Wonderful capture. Love the song.

  • Thank you so much, Joy! Oh, and I added the link to the song on Youtube, in case you’d like to hear it ;)

    – steppeland

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work, the light is sensational and the perspective is perfect from the forest floor. I love it.

  • Aww, thanks Sharon for your in depth comment and compliment. I really appreciate you looking and commenting on my work. Glad you like it! Thanks for the fav too!

    – steppeland

  • ilpo laurila
    ilpo laurilaover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture.

  • Thank you so much, Ilpo, for your visit and kind comment!

    – steppeland

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 5 years ago

    Many thanks Steppeland i listened to your youtube link. Very cute tune.

  • glad you enjoyed it! ;)

    – steppeland

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