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Beautiful But Toxic

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.” 

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20 comments on “Beautiful But Toxic

  1. nalinki
    November 8, 2014

    lovely picture

    Liked by 1 person

  2. John Lee
    November 8, 2014

    Love the photo Ben, shows the delicacy of nature and also the delicacy of our life’s , mornings in the winter are great for photos, I love takin walks in the frosty ground and taking photos. Look forward to more of your pictures:)

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  3. shoe1000
    November 8, 2014

    Beautiful picture Ben! Thanks

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Forestwoodfolkart
    November 8, 2014

    This photo is magnificient. It would look great as a poster.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. sustainabilitea
    November 8, 2014

    Very cool, Ben. I love the way the mushrooms just stick out from the grass. I found some of these mushrooms this summer and I find it interesting that often the most colorful mushrooms, and thus the most attractive, are the most deadly.

    janet

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  6. Leah Givens
    November 8, 2014

    Wow, so beautiful I thought it might not be real at first glance! I enjoy outdoor walks and photography too…hope you continue to improve.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. cattan2011
    November 9, 2014

    Woo it is soo beautiful photo, Ben.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Poplar Persona
    November 9, 2014

    Fabulous, a favourite subject of mine (though I haven’t found this species local to me). I note leaves on the ground, which tree was this growing under, do you know?

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  9. Poplar Persona
    November 9, 2014

    Reblogged this on Poplar Culture.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. David
    November 10, 2014

    Nice photo! Is it bad that all I can think of is Mario? XD

    Liked by 1 person

  11. BookOfBokeh
    November 10, 2014

    stunning!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. numbersplusphotography
    November 10, 2014

    Very nicely captured; enjoy very much 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  13. autisticaplanet
    November 10, 2014

    I like your photo and the vignette effect is well used. I haven’t seen these where I live. ours are mainly taupe 🙂

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  14. Meanderer
    November 12, 2014

    Beautiful. I love the composition and the way the bright colours of the mushrooms contrast with the gentle colour palette of the landscape.

    I empathise with you regarding the dark days of Winter.

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  15. shortlandpalmer
    November 12, 2014

    I’m afraid I didn’t pay too much attention to the trees, so couldn’t say which type they were 🙂

    Like

  16. blueribbonfair
    November 12, 2014

    I love, love ,love this picture.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. anitakadijk
    November 18, 2014

    Love this picture!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. autisticaplanet
    November 20, 2014

    I was wondering if you would consider taking vitamin D (and if you already do, then asking your doctor if you could double your dose). It is the “sunshine vitamin” and it helps me as I have autism spectrum disorder and SAD (as well as OCD dynamic). Also, do you use a light box? I know they aren’t cheap. Mine cost $200. If you consider using this, consult your doctor 1st and use broad spectrum light. It isn’t a panacea, but it does help. I will pray and hope you have a better winter. You aren’t alone in your seasonal struggles. Beauty does come from suffering…thought the degree of it (struggling) can be less.

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  19. shortlandpalmer
    November 22, 2014

    Thanks autisticaplanet, I do take multivitamins and have a light box, although I am not sure how effective the multivitamins are and I am an infrequent user of the light box so not really helping myself much 🙂

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    • autisticaplanet
      November 22, 2014

      I used to take a multivitamin, but found taking Vitamins B & D do a better job. I have a light box too and have to remember to use it 🙂

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