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Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 3 June 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The terms "mushroom" and "toadstool" go back centuries and were never precisely defined, nor was there consensus on application. The term "toadstool" was often, but not exclusively, applied to poisonous mushrooms or to those that have the classic umbrella-like cap-and-stem form.

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Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I would not dare to taste the big grey mushroom. Impressive and disturbing

3 Jun 2011 5:39am

@Marie LC: Thank you very much Marie! I agree with you totally!!!! ;-)

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Mmm, interesting big one :)

3 Jun 2011 5:56am

@Paco Díaz: Thank you very much Paco! Interesting; but I am not sure I would be ready to eat it....... ;-)

Bill Brown from California, United States

I agree, the big gray mushroom is very interesting.

3 Jun 2011 6:01am

@Bill Brown: Thank you very much Bill! Interesting yet at the same time forbidding!! ;-)

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow ...Very impressiv and a great composition .Like a fur of an animal !

3 Jun 2011 7:34am

@Mhelene: Thank you very much Mhelene! ;-)

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

i´ve never seen this kind before! it looks like a marine sponge!

3 Jun 2011 8:09am

@klausZ: Thank you very much Klaus! Yes, a very strange shape and colour! ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France


3 Jun 2011 8:57am

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Patrick! ;-)

Kat from Lorraine, France

ça sent bon le sous-bois par ici ! j'aime l'odeur de la mousse et des champignons.

3 Jun 2011 9:28am

@Kat: Merci beaucoup Kat! Oui, il ya une merveilleuse odeur de moisi terreux des champignons. Il est particulièrement forte lorsque vous en avez l'expérience dans la nature ... ;-)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

You have discovered how wonderful are the mushrooms in their home ... here enchanted forest smells. Maybe mushrooms under forest happy gnomes! Best regards and happy W-E friend Eric! A hug, Adela

3 Jun 2011 9:32am

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! Yes, mushrooms in the forest have a wonderful quality and smell to them. Have a great weekend! ;-)

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

I'd say that the big one is a sort of polypore, a non edible mushroom. I love this series.

3 Jun 2011 10:08am

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! You may be correct. My knowledge of mycology is limited..... ;-)

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

I always like your caption...very educative!

3 Jun 2011 11:01am

@Dokmateo: Thank you very much Dokmateo! Glad to be of service! ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Amazing fungi-garden! Excellent textures you get here. I like the contrast between these very different varieties.

3 Jun 2011 11:49am

@Stephen: Thank you very much Stephen! Although my knowledge of mycology is limited, I am always fascinated at the different colours and textures found in the wild mushrooms/fungi. These shots were taken during a walk through the forest last October! ;-)

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

What a majestic and intresting find. A splendid capture.. Have a good day.

3 Jun 2011 12:24pm

@Laurette: Thank you very much Laurette! ;-)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Poisonous? You see? What'd I say yesterday? You can't trust that fungus. It's scary stuff... haha. But this is one good, very good, mug photo of the culprits.

3 Jun 2011 1:07pm

@Viewfinder: ROFL....kind of a rogues gallery! Thanks very much Glenn! ;-)))

Veronique from Hautes-Pyrénées, France

jamais vu ce champignon gris par ici

3 Jun 2011 1:13pm

@Veronique: Merci beaucoup Véronique! Moi non plus! C'est la première fois que j'ai vu quelque chose comme ça et je n'ai pas encore été en mesure de déterminer exactement ce que c'est ... ;-)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wonderful textures - that big gray one is exactly what I picture in my mind as fungus! :-)

3 Jun 2011 1:15pm

@Jason Politte: Thank you very much Jason! That being the case, I think we have found the poster boy! ;-)

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I have always thought it to be interesting about the history of the consumption of mushrooms. Surely people got ill and some died from eating them. Serious stakes for trial and error and yet they remain a staple of the human diet.

3 Jun 2011 1:16pm

@Ralph Jones: Thank you very much Ralph! Yes, as a student of food around the world there are many such examples.... ;-)

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

When you walk through the woods mushrooms can always surprise you. Interesting topic Eric.

3 Jun 2011 1:30pm

@Tomek: Thank you very much Tomek! Yes indeed, there is much to be seen in the woods if you only take the time..... ;-)

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

You can really feel the mushrooms and forest.

3 Jun 2011 1:43pm

@Mirjam: Thank you very much Mirjam! ;-)

tataray from france, France

Bouhhhh ... heureusement je n'aime pas les champignons !...))
Drôle d'aspect .

3 Jun 2011 1:56pm

@tataray: Merci beaucoup Raymonde! C'est vraiment malheureux car ils sont très délicieux.... ;-)

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Nice! I love the fuzzy texture on the large one! Is that a mushroom too, or some other fungus? I am glad to see that you like to really get to know your surroundings in an intimate way....So many folks would walk right over these little gems!

3 Jun 2011 2:14pm

@Tracy: Thank you very much Tracy! Yes, too many of us go through life without taking notice of our surroundings.... ;-)

cristoF from montbéliard, France

il n'a pas l'air bon le champignon noir...

3 Jun 2011 3:39pm

@cristoF: Merci beaucoup Cristof! Oui, sans connaissance certaine de ce qu'elle est, je serais très nerveux à l'idée de le manger .... ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Nice composition. Very interesting information. Great find, Eric! :)

3 Jun 2011 4:38pm

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! ;-)

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

buena composición y la información de las setas!!

3 Jun 2011 4:47pm

@Isidro: Muchas gracias Isidro! Sí, las setas siempre han interesado a mi sin embargo, mi conocimiento de ellos se limita a lo que puede comprar en el mercado ... ;-)

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

I would not dare to taste the big grey mushroom. Impressive and disturbing. Well done!!

3 Jun 2011 5:07pm

@Lalena: Thank you very much Lalena! Yes, I agree this would probably be a bad thing.... ;-)

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Not really looking tasty,the grey one:) Like the details here!

3 Jun 2011 5:14pm

@Thea: Thank you very much Thea! Yes, a bit scary looking.... ;-)

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

It's good to eat?

3 Jun 2011 5:25pm

@Olivier: Thank you very much Olivier! My knowledge of mycology is very limited! As such I would say no until someone with much greater knowledge tells me otherwise..... ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

I have never seen a mushroom like that big gray one. Do you know if that one is edible? I like the comparison and contrast between the 2 types of mushrooms! Great information!

3 Jun 2011 5:50pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you very much Elaine! Unfortunately my knowledge of mycology is limited! As such I would say no until someone who knows better says otherwise..... ;-)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Strange ones !

3 Jun 2011 7:28pm

@Calusarus: Thank you very much Fred! ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

The big gray is certainly gaining lots of attention. There's always a funky on in the crowd, right? ;D

3 Jun 2011 8:07pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you very much Judy! Yep, one in every crowd! ;-))

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful composition.

3 Jun 2011 11:52pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much Steve! ;-)

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Great composition :)

4 Jun 2011 12:02am

@DowsherVision: Thank you very much DowsherVision! ;-)

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

I'm liking this series. Not knowing anything about mushrooms, I was always told that the only edible ones were in the supermarkets. Being on Animus3 for awhile, I've learned a few things about them.

Like how the photos shows 2 sorts of mushrooms.

4 Jun 2011 2:55am

@Don Levesque: Thank you very much Don! ;-)

BriGt from Australia

woww Fantastic shot here !!
I wasn't sure what it was at first but after reading... very interesting at this angle well done !!

4 Jun 2011 4:25am

@BriGt: Thank you very much Brigt and welcome to my blog! Please come back and visit soon..... ;-)

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

did you go mushroom hunting, Eric? this is awesome!

4 Jun 2011 10:19pm

@Photographs by M.E.: Thank you very much Maria! No just went for a walk in the woods..... ;-)

Ansie from Paarl, South Africa

Lovely composition!

5 Jun 2011 5:07am

@Ansie: Thank you very much Ansie and welcome to my blog! Please come back and visit soon...... ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Lovely shot...nice tones..that grey one is a biggy...

6 Jun 2011 6:18am

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! ;-)

1/30 second
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