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Fungi meets folklore in autumnal Longwood photo; PICTURE of the week.

THIS fungi shines out like a beacon on a footpath in Huddersfield.

It was captured at the foot of a sycamore tree by Chris Marsden on the footpath that climbs from Lamb Hall Road to Gilead Road in Longwood.

It is a fine example of a fly agaric (amanita muscaria) and Chris, of Longwood, said: "Fly agaric is probably the subject of more folklore than any other fungi.'' The poisonous red-and-white spotted toadstool is a common image in popular culture, especially children's books, film, greeting cards and computer games.

Fly agarics have been featured in paintings since the Renaissance. In the Victorian era they became more visible, even becoming the main topic of some fairy paintings.

Two of the most famous uses of the mushroom are in the video game series Super Mario Bros and the dancing mushroom sequence in the 1940 Disney film Fantasia.' They also feature on Christmas and New Year cards.

Many of the pictures we have received have been landscapes. But if your eye has been caught by a sunny face, a community event or a beautiful building then send in those images too.

We are always keen to celebrate the town's achievements, its spirit and its people.

Send entries to features@examiner.co.uk or you can drop them in the post to: Picture of the Week, Features department, Huddersfield Examiner, Queen Street South, Huddersfield, HD1 3DU.
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Date:Oct 21, 2009
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