Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Match

February 24, 2017 at 11:55 am 9 comments

Amanita muscaria

Location: Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
In 2015, I was hiking in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland when I saw this red-colored beauty. I’d never seen anything like it, so I took its picture.

Amanita muscaria

Location: Elvesæter, Lom, Oppland, Norway
In 2016, I was hiking in Elvesæter in Lom, Oppland, Norway when, to my surprise, I encountered its long lost cousin. What were the odds?

After some research, I discovered that it’s called Amanita muscaria, a mushroom classified as poisonous due to its psychoactive compound called muscimol. Some cultures have learned to eat it by weakening its toxicity. This is done by putting it in boiling water until it’s partially cooked.

I also learned that it’s a very common fungus found in the Northern Hemisphere known for a variety of uses like insecticide, intoxicant, and entheogen. Perhaps the reason why I didn’t notice it before was because I wasn’t paying attention. Sometimes, I tend to look but don’t see.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. stenoodie  |  February 24, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Beautiful colours and a creative match!

    • 2. plaridel  |  February 24, 2017 at 6:40 pm


      thank you. i’m glad you liked it. 🙂

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    • 4. plaridel  |  February 27, 2017 at 4:20 pm


      thank you for the pingback. deeply appreciate it.

  • 5. Regina Martins  |  February 26, 2017 at 2:58 am

    They look beautiful (and dangerous ;-))
    Thank you for the pingback!

    • 6. plaridel  |  February 27, 2017 at 4:22 pm


      you’re welcome. nice site you have there.

  • 7. yuhublogger  |  March 1, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Quite an informative post. I’m always amazed by how people learn to eat something, even if it is poisonous. Ha Ha!

    • 8. plaridel  |  March 1, 2017 at 10:27 am


      i guess it’s by trial and error. we should be grateful for those who have sacrificed their lives for future generations.


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