Rings in circles.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Circles.

I was in a retro mood this week and was using an old digital camera and four manual focus prime lenses. I was also planning on shooting with the intention of converting the shots to monochrome adding to the retro mood.

The monochrome plan fell through after a walk on Sunday afternoon when I left all the shots in colour. I spotted these stacked logs when heading in the grocery store Sunday morning. My plan was to look for a Circles image when I was in town but nothing caught my eye so made sure that my afternoon walk took me past the firewood.

Circles of firewood.

Week 43. Brown and green.

Week 43 saw me in a retro mood. I packed my smallest camera bag with a decade old digital camera and four manual focus prime lenses with an age range of 35 years.

Most of the week was grey skies with rain or wet snow a lot of the time so my plan was to shoot with the intention of converting the shots to monochrome adding to the retro mood. On Sunday afternoon I went for a walk and ended up leaving the shots in colour.

I often pass this patch of Ivy on my walks but don’t remember it covering as much ground as it does now. I also don’t remember seeing drifts of fallen leaves amongst the Ivy before.

Ivy leaves and autumn leaves.

 

Amanita muscaria.

A second Fly Agaric post, Amanita muscaria is the scientific name for the mushroom.

Although classified as poisonous it hasn’t stopped slugs or snails eating part of the cap of the one on the right. You can just see the edge of eaten section slightly right of centre of the top of the cap.

At the same time, the reason it is called Fly Agaric in English is because in the past the mushroom was powdered into milk to kill flies in parts of Europe. Bug Agaric is an old alternative name for the mushroom for the same reason.

Amanita muscaria.

Fly Agaric.

One from the archives taken in Cheshire in the 1990s. Fly Agaric are the classic Toadstool beloved by illustrators of children’s stories.

But they’re far more interesting than that. With the red cap and white spots some people assume it’s highly poisonous. It is poisonous but human deaths from ingestion are extremely rare.

It contains psychoactive substances and some cultures have used it for its hallucinogenic properties. The mushroom was used as an intoxicant and entheogen by the indigenous peoples of Siberia.

I picked this shot because I like the way the Bracken fronds have wiped the white spots off a section of the cap. The white spots are the remains of a white veil that enclose the mushrooms when they emerge from the soil.

Fly Agaric and Bracken.