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Photo by contributor Ben. Ben has an anxiety disorder manifesting itself in OCD and Depression. He also experiences low moods during the winter months.
About this photo: “I often used to enjoy getting out on my road bike to enjoy the light, countryside and the exercise. Earlier in the year, I pushed myself a bit too hard and have endured a period with pneumonia, and subsequently sarcoidosis. I have found it hard to get out so much, and with the changes in UK time, the dark winter nights have left me low.
Because I am less able to go out on my road bike while recovering from my lung condition, I have taken to hikes in the hills, and the picture attached is from a recent visit to Dovedale Beck in the Lake District UK. The mushrooms in the foreground are amanita muscaria, commonly known as fly amanita and are noted for hallucinogenic properties but are also considered poisonous.
The shot itself was rather rushed, but what struck me was the purity of the mushrooms, so colourful and delicate, a warning of both it’s toxic nature, and a splash of vibrancy in the dull autumnal light.”