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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

This Christmas Mushroom Should Cheer You Up

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 8:50 AM

There's been way too much horrible news as of late -- and especially around the holidays, when everything is supposed to feel good.

Lucky for our readers, David Cruz, San Francisco's ubiquitous nature photog, snapped these cool photos of Amanita Muscaria, aka "Fly Agaric," aka the "Christmas Mushroom."

click to enlarge This should get you in the Christmas Spirit - DAVID CRUZ VIA NATURES LATERN
  • David Cruz via Natures Latern
  • This should get you in the Christmas Spirit

click to enlarge pretty ... pretty poisonous! - DAVID CRUZ VIA NATURES LATERN
  • David Cruz via Natures Latern
  • pretty ... pretty poisonous!

It's not a rare mushroom, but it sure is potent, and poisonous, and damn attractive. Because he doesn't want everyone going out picking these things and ingesting them, Cruz is wisely keeping the location a secret. However, we can tell you the mushrooms were found in San Francisco on the morning of Dec. 8.

But if you do spot them and decide to chow down on the pretty shrooms, be prepared to experience something like this:

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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