Friday, January 8, 2010

365 Photo Project - Day Eight

Taken: January 8, 2010, approx 12:20 p.m.
Location: Healdsburg, CA

Props for today's photo to my husband who found this beauty growing in our backyard.  He also looked it up in his wild mushroom book by David Arora and we're pretty sure it's a Fly Amanita (Amanita muscaria). It is unfortunately not edible not that anybody here is lining up to try it.  Arora says he doesn't recommend eating it: "Although it's intoxicating properties have been known for centuries, it has other potentially dangerous and unpredictable toxic effect."

It's also quite vibrant and this one was almost eight inches in diameter. Cool. Mushroom foraging is a big deal up in these parts but you really have to know yourself -- picking the wrong mushroom could kill you. This photo was taken with my K100D with the 18-55 lens and manual aperture and exposure.

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