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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.” 


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20 responses to “Beautiful But Toxic”

  1. nalinki Avatar

    lovely picture

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  2. John Lee Avatar

    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 Avatar

    Beautiful picture Ben! Thanks

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  4. Forestwoodfolkart Avatar

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

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  5. sustainabilitea Avatar

    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.


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  6. Leah Givens Avatar

    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.

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  7. cattan2011 Avatar

    Woo it is soo beautiful photo, Ben.

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  8. Poplar Persona Avatar

    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. David Avatar

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

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  11. numbersplusphotography Avatar

    Very nicely captured; enjoy very much 🙂

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  12. autisticaplanet Avatar

    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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  13. Meanderer Avatar

    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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  14. shortlandpalmer Avatar

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


  15. blueribbonfair Avatar

    I love, love ,love this picture.

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  16. anitakadijk Avatar

    Love this picture!

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  17. autisticaplanet Avatar

    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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  18. shortlandpalmer Avatar

    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 🙂


    1. autisticaplanet Avatar

      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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