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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Don't eat the flora or fauna

A wild rough skinned newt curls up in colorful fall leaves at the base of a maple tree in a wooded area along the Umpqua River near Elkton, Ore., on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2012. The rough skinned newt's body contains highly poisonous tetrodotoxins.  According to experts, one rough skinned newt contains enough toxin to kill 17 people. 

With the onset of rainy fall weather in the Pacific Northwest mushrooms are sprouting up everywhere.  In this case the top of a delicate translucent mushroom sits on a colorful fall leaf in a wooded area.  Also probably poisonous. 
A closeup of the mushroom gills.  Notice the small insect between the gills at right.

A small white mushroom.

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