Fungus fable by Vahlenkamp

These mushrooms also called fly agaric, were in historic time effectively used by the Vikings, when they were getting ready to invade a land. The Vikings essentially turned off their fear emotions, thus gaining their reputation for their fierceness.
The people of many cultures of northern Europe lived in constant fear of invasion. Vikings where known to enter a village fearlessly, wreak havoc among the people and carry off the women.
Before entering battle, the Vikings would go through a religious ritual in which they would dance around the woods and consume Amanita muscaria. So the main reason the Vikings were able to fight without fear is that they were on drugs. For this reason the Vikings were also known as the berserkers. It is also worth mentioning that they had a strong belief in going to Wallhall after death (supposedly a great place to be for great warriors).

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Cattails crown by Vahlenkamp

The scent of the wind, glides into a sense of comfort. For a flight of the silent onset of winter. Passing through light and shadow. Standing in a faint aroma, of deep autumn in the field. Under foot delicious, fallen leaves murmur. Matured cattails, swing freely in the wind. Their appearance touching tenderly. A reminiscence of the passing season.

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Harmony heart by Vahlenkamp

I wrote your name in the sky, but the wind blew it away.
I wrote your name in the sand, but the waves washed it away.
I wrote your name in my heart, and forever it will stay.

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Scenic spikes by Vahlenkamp

Am I soft and warm, or am I sharp and cold? Will I embrace you, or will I reject you? It depends on which angle you approach me from. But just come on, take your chances! Touch me in a dignified manner, feel me, embrace my softness. You will for sure feel delighted.

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Outstretched ovation by Vahlenkamp

When the trees their summer splendor, change to raiment red and gold… When the summer moon turns mellow, and the nights are getting cold… When the squirrels hide their acorns, and the woodchucks disappear… Then we know that this is autumn, loveliest season of the year.

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Outstanding in his field by chrishpetersen

A giraffe truly outstanding in his field … part of a most unusual herd! It is hard to imagine just how large these gentle giants are until you realize that zebras are 6 feet (2 meters) tall at the tip of their ears. The zebra could walk right under this giraffe and not touch his belly!

I debated whether to post this photo. It is one of my first photos on my first African safari in 2007 shot with a Canon 30D. It is not up to my quality standards today shooting with a 5DIII. But this is a case where the quality of the memory far outweighs the technical quality of the image.

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