Sunday, September 05, 2010

deadly beauty

today was the first time i saw one of these poisonous little numbers in person. it's an amanita muscaria (rød flysvampe in danish). they're popular (fake ones, of course) as a christmas decoration here in denmark. they're deadly charming in their packaging - with pretty white dots on a bright red top - they look a bit like candy. however, we knew better and didn't even touch them, except with the camera lens.








it was, in every way, a glorious weekend - the weather was perfect - still, sunny, crisp. we played cards, walked in the woods, had a great lunch at a café overlooking sailboats in a marina, spent time with artists and laughed and drank sangria and wine with good friends. and all of the frustrations and disappointments of last week faded away into the distance. if they return, i'll have to just stir up a batch of these babies and serve them up.

18 comments:

Maria-Thérèse ~ www.afiori.com said...

They do look dangerously good...
My uncle picked mushrooms, fungi, whatever would be the appropriate name - lots of different ones and showed them to my mum when he was on his way home. She had a visitor but luckily she checked her mushroom book and then drove straight to my uncle's house - several of the ones he had picked had black crosses next to them in the book! A tad worse than flugsvamp, even. He had planned to check them before he prepared them though - or at least he said so.

Elizabeth said...

Glad your feeling better and yes it was a fantastic weekend.

Maggie May said...

those truly are magical looking. fairy homes!

nacherluver said...

Oooh! Magic mushroom! Or so it appears.
Very cool indeed.

Will said...

... but really great at parties, such a fun gi.

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

They're gorgeous. And I'm jealous. The amanitas have sprung up here in droves, but none of the red variety. We have a yellow one like this, but alas, no red. Thanks for sharing them.

Oh, and according to my field guide, eating these will cause delirium, raving, and profuse sweating... that sounds too much like menopause for me to be tempted to try them.

Hope this week is better for you.

rayfamily said...

I find that I'm searching for a hooka-smoking caterpiller saying "who, are you?" on top of one of them!

I'm so glad you had a good weekend to give you a charge going into the new week!

Trina S. said...

I have never seen those before, they are so beautiful!

Trina
www.mommeville.com

One Woman's Thoughts said...

You know the saying goes, "If its really beautiful or really ugly, stay away!"
Hmmmm . . . Does that go for people too?

sarah said...

I responded to the comment you made to my photo this morning but as you appear to be blocking me now, I'm taking the time to contact you through your blog so you can see what I have to say. Not because I want to begin an argument with you but because I care about the issue of copyright and because I care about my photographs and how they are used. If you would prefer to ignore me, fine. You are welcome to think ill of me for defending my copyright. As I say in my comment which follows, I bear you no animosity.

Best,
~Sarah Rubens

nacherluver said...

Thanks much for the helpful advice on Lightroom. Will look into it! Have a great Labor Day :)

Marilynne said...

This is a first. I have never even seen a photo of a poisonous mushroom. My great fear would be that a child would pick it up to play with it.

julochka said...

sarah--

i think maybe you don't understand how tumblr works - it creates a link directly to your fully-credited photo and funnily enough, directs traffic to it, thereby having new people discover your work. why don't you set up your flickr to not allow photos to be tumbled? it's possible to do so. and it's quite likely that not everyone who sees your photo is going to go read your profile and see your "rules," including the bad karma reigning down on their heads.

you can't be surprised that the world sees what you put online when you put things online for the world to see. and you certainly can't hope to control it.

Sammi said...

o0o they are so pretty. they remind me of cartoons.

ballet news said...

anything that brightly colours has to be poisonous !!!

Char said...

they are rather beautiful - as a lot of deadly things are

NuminosityBeads said...

They are classic aren't they, we get orange ones as well, they definitely have that magical look. Nice photos!
xoxo Kim

julochka said...

ahh, sara + h, i'll bet that righteousness gets you very far.