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Monday, October 19, 2015

Deadly Mushrooms in Queens Park?

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There are still new colours with the trees as Autumn roles on to winter

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Agaric mushroom in the park there are all sort of mushrooms in the park and its unwise to touch or eat any of them and make sure children dont touch them.  What are fly agaric mushrooms?

Fly agaric mushrooms, or Amanita muscaria, are known for their distinctive appearance, being bright red with white spots, and for their hallucinogenic properties. They are usually dried and eaten, although they’re not that common because of their unpleasant side effects. The strength of the mushroom varies intensely depending on where and when it is picked.

Fly agarics are quite different from the psychedelic or magic mushrooms which contain psilocybin and psilocin. But being legal doesn’t mean they aren’t potentially dangerous.
What are the effects of fly agaric mushrooms?

The effects of fly agarics vary hugely between individuals so we can only explain some of the common effects. Typical experiences include:

    A dream-like state common to lucid dreaming, which can involve out-of-body experiences and enhanced clarity of the mind.
    Synaesthesia, where users experience a blurring of their senses, like smelling words or tasting colours.
    A strong internal dialogue with the feeling of being able to talk yourself through personal issues
    Blurred vision, with dilated pupils and watery eyes, as well as a runny nose.
    Involuntarily muscle twitching and trembling.
    Increased sweating and saliva production.
    Effects usually last between six and eight hours.

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The tree that fell near the bridge has now been removed and below a panoramic view of the lake 

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Autumn Takes Hold

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Autumn is really taking hold of the park now with some great colours to be seen changing daily

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The trees by Broadwalk bridge are changing colour all the time despite the hot weather. Below the old tree that fell last week has been sawn down this week its a shame as it was a good old tree

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I caught the Heron hiding in the bush's this week we don't normally see him this late in the year, even the weeds have Autumn colour

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The scouts have been in the park over the weekend and their tent makes the tree stand out its a colourful tree at this time of year

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

As predicted Old Tree falls

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Autumn is well under way now with lots of colours changing every week

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We predicted in September that the big old tree next to Broadwalk bridge was leaning badly and wouldn't last much longer today it crashed taking another tree with it. It one of the old trees in the park an a bit of a landmark. We loose to many trees due to lack of staff to take care of trees. If this one had been pruned taking some of the weight off it then it may have survived.