JUST LOOKING AROUND: Deadly Pretty
This week's photographer is Rose Gabel Libby of Fort Kent. Her photo shows a fly agaric or fly amanita mushroom in its second stage of expansion.
Amanita muscaria is a psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, but rarely causes human deaths from ingestion. It can be parboiled to weaken toxicity and used as a muscimol hallucinogenic. But we don't really recommend that unless you really, really know what you're doing. Because it's still poisonous.
Each week, we bring you Maine and New Brunswick landscape and nature photographers from the Just Looking Around Facebook group.