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One morning when I was dropping my son off for school late (AGAIN), I saw these unusual looking mushrooms growing in the grass under some conifers by the parking lot. They were HUGE –at least 3-5 inches across and reminded me of something out of Alice in Wonderland. Some of them were deep red, others deep yellowish-orange, and one was a silvery white.  All of them had these big warty light colored patches all over them. I was really glad I had my camera on me ; )   The yellower ones even reminded me a bit of a sesame seed hamburger bun LOL. Intrigued, I decided to check on wikipedia to see if I could figure out what they were. Right at the top of their article about mushroom was a picture of one Amanita muscaria just like what I had photographed. I was astonished to find what I was looking for so easily. It turns out they are quite poisonous and get their common name (fly agaric or fly Amanita) from an ancient practice of using them to attract and kill flies.

Amanita muscaria var. formosa. or possibly  var. guessowii ? Globe shaped, immature yellowish orange mushroom speckled with warts ALL over the cap. Resembling a sesame seed hamburger bun, this poisonous mushroom is surrounded by grass covered in beads of morning dew.

A mature reddish brown Amanita Muscaria mushroom,  with tan warts which has become  concave– exposing the open gills below,  stands on dew covered grass strewn with pine needles.

Immature red amanita muscaria mushroom (possibly var. flavivolvata ?) with tan warts on a lawn of brown and green dew drop covered grass mixed with clover.

A large red amanita muscaria var. flavivolvata mushroom stands on a lawn bejeweled with drops of morning dew. When seen at full resolution, even the shadows of each wart on it are visible, showing each facet of it’s 3 dimensions.Almost hidden behind it is a newly forming amanita muscaria. Beyond is a lighter colored, and oddly shaped, amanita muscaria var. formosa which is fully open, exposing the gills to view.

Two amanita muscaria (probably var. guessowii) mushrooms of different sizes and maturity on a dew covered field of grass and clover strewn with pine needles. On the very large one, one of the warts reminds me of the spaceship Enterprise.

Two amanita muscaria var. guessowii mushrooms  cuddle up together lovingly, surrounded by dew covered grass.

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Two amanita muscaria var. guessowii stand on field of dew covered grass. One is mature and open–but partially eaten by pests, the other immature and sheltered under cover of the older one. Both have characteristic light colored, bumpy warts  and yellowish orange coloring which is a deeper, redder color in the center.

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The autumn sun shines in the fall sky , creating visible rays of light as it streams through the forest canopy.

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The bright autumn sun glows through the Oregon forest.

The autumn sun illuminates two clumps of maple “helicopters” hanging translucently in the air in front of a green forested background.

Maple leaves illuminated by the autumn sun reach upwards towards the softly focused drooping cedar greenery glistening with sunlit raindrops.

A lone cedar branch, glistening with drops of rain in the autumn sun, points like an old wizened finger towards a raindrop hanging in the air surrounded by the softly focused background full of fall foliage. A solitary strand of a spider web traverses from the branch and beyond the raindrop as it shines in the sun.

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The other day I was standing at the kitchen sink washing dishes, when the sun came out from behind a cloud and lit up the forest. Seeing it through the window, I  withstood the temptation to run grab my camera for awhile.after 5 or 10 minutes I ran out back figuring the light would not last much longer. I am glad I went out when I did Because I only had the opportunity for about 10 minutes or so and the light changed. The sun came out again for awhile later and I was able to go take pictures for another 10 minutes or so.

Autumn Sun Rays #1 print

The sun shines through the canopy of maple trees towering in the sky with leaves changing into brilliant autumn color.

Autumn Sun Rays #2 print

A golden array of fall foliage encircles the entryway to the forest beyond, resembling the face of a wood nymph with golden green locks of hair, as our vision is pulled deeper and deeper through the bright sunlit areas to the darkened recesses beyond.

Autumn Sun Rays #3 print

Bright sun rays create beautiful highlights among the bronze colored autumn foliage cascading down the slopes of a forested ravine.

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Columns of trees frame a view deeper in the forest of bronze colored autumn foliage ablaze with glowing sunlight.

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