6 comments on “Amanita muscaria in the woods

  1. Are you familiar with the legends connecting Amanita muscaria with Father Christmas? Notice the beautiful red and white of the mushroom? Legend says, the shamans gathered these in late autumn, dried them under evergreen trees, and then distributed them to the people of the village in December for their winter rituals. This was quite a long time ago, but the symbolism and memory became interwoven with the celebration of winter solstice. By the way- the native reindeer of northern Europe seek them out and eat them, much like birds flock to ripe Pyracantha berries…

    Thank you for the wonderful photos, WG

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