Weekly Topics

Fly Agaric

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) fungi. An alternative common English name is Fly Amanita.

The reason for fly in the common English name is because the fungi is traditionally used for catching flies.

The Fly Agaric is the classic red toadstool popular with illustrators of children’s books. This specimen was photographed on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England in the autumn.

Weekend Challenge: What Is It
Month of Squares

Four Of A Kind #2

A group of four Fly Agaric fungi on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England.

This is my day 17 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: Four Of A Kind
Photo Challenges

Friendly Friday: Close Examination

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Challenge: Close Examination.


Weekly Prompts: What is it?

Hooks on a Lesser Burdock seed head. Where the inventor of Velcro got the idea.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro

Detail of the cap of a Fly Agaric fungi. The classic red Toadstool so popular with the illustrators of children’s books.

Weekly Prompts

Weekend Challenge: What Is It?

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: What Is It?

I had a few ideas for the challenge and quickly settled on one although I can’t really explain why I picked an autumn subject in spring.


Weekend Challenge: What is it.

This one’s quite easy.



Weekend Challenge: What Is It

A Fly Agaric fungi growing on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire.


Weekend Challenge: What Is It

The Fly Agaric fungi growing amongst Silver Birch trees on Bickerton Hill.


Month of Squares

April Squares: Top of the Toadstool

This is my day three contribution to Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.

Toadstool is simply a nickname for fungi that is often poisonous or at least inedible.


April Squares: Top of the Toadstool

A Fly Agaric fungi cap photographed from above at Bickerton Hill, Cheshire.


Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro

The Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro prompt was rather well timed. I have spent part of the winter digitising my slide archives that include hundreds of macro images.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro

A Ruby-tailed Wasp. Given that the ruby red tail is usually covered by the wings a more appropriate name would be an Emerald-bodied Wasp.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro

Fly Agaric fungi cap detail.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro

A portrait of a Common Quaker Moth.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro

Spines on a Teasel seed head in the autumn.



Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seeing Double

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seeing Double.

Three doubles from Ontario, Canada.

Two Coneflowers.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seeing Double


Two rainbows.

Barn and rainbows.


Two Sandhill Cranes.

Sandhill Cranes at sunrise.


Three doubles from Cheshire, England.

Two Pond Skaters making more Pond Skaters.

Mating Pond Skaters.


Two Fly Agaric.

Amanita muscaria.


Two Great Crested Grebes.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes.