Tuesday, August 2, 2011

FI-1142632 & FI-1160737

Finnish landscapes are really relaxing, that's my kind of place! Cottages in the middle of nowhere, a lake, trees... I guess somewhere in the forest i could find a mushroom like the one on the 2nd card.

FI-1142632, sent by Carina.

FI-1160737, sent by Tarja.

Tarja says this is an Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric, a poisonous and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus. Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, Amanita muscaria has been unintentionally introduced to many countries in the Southern Hemisphere, generally as a symbiont with pine plantations, and is now a true cosmopolitan species
Although generally considered poisonous, deaths are extremely rare, and it has been consumed as a food in parts of Europe, Asia, and North America after parboiling in water.
The red-and-white spotted toadstool is a common image in many aspects of popular culture, especially in children's books, film, garden ornaments, greeting cards, and more recently computer games. Two of the most famous uses of the mushroom are in the video game series Super Mario Bros., and the dancing mushroom sequence in the 1940 Disney film Fantasia. - in:

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