Photography: What Make These Mushrooms Stunning?

Photography: What Make These Mushrooms Stunning?

Perhaps you thought that mushrooms are small, ugly plants, but with the help of the captures by the enthusiastic nature photographers, you will be amazed with the beauty of the mushrooms that are very much different from what you find in the woods or in your local groceries.

Most people consider mushrooms to be the small, ugly cousins of the plant kingdom, but theirs is a surprisingly beautiful and wonderful world waiting to be explored. These beautiful mushrooms, captured by enthusiastic nature photographers, are a far cry from the ones you find in the woods or your local grocery store.

A mushroom (or toadstool) is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting bodyof a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source.

The standard for the name “mushroom” is the cultivated white button mushroom, Agaricus bisporus; hence the word “mushroom” is most often applied to those fungi (Basidiomycota, Agaricomycetes) that have a stem (stipe), a cap (pileus), and gills (lamellae, sing. lamella) on the underside of the cap. These gills produce microscopic spores that help the fungus spread across the ground or its occupant surface.

“Mushroom” describes a variety of gilled fungi, with or without stems, and the term is used even more generally, to describe both the fleshy fruiting bodies of some Ascomycota and the woody or leathery fruiting bodies of some Basidiomycota, depending upon the context of the word.

Most mushrooms, as we know them, are actually just the reproductive structure of the fungus they belong to – their fungal networks expand far further underground, and some fungi don’t even sprout the sort of mushrooms that we’re used to seeing. In fact, depending on your definition of “organism,” the largest living organism in the world is a fungus.

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Photographer Steve Axford:  Hairy mycena

 

Steve Axford Photo: Cyathus novaezelandiae

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Steve Axford Photo: Spider Fungi

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Scarlet waxcap (Hygrocybe coccinea) (credit: FLPA / Alamy Stock Photo)

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Golden spindles (Clavulinopsis fusiformis) (credit: Bob Gibbons / Alamy Stock Photo)

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Orange Peel fungus, Edible but doesn’t taste like orange fruit

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Lionâ s Mane Mushrooms

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California Fungi

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Devils Bolete, Poisonous

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Oyster mushroom, Edible

 

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Bochte Hygrocybe Flavescens

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Honey Mushroom (Armillaria mellea) – Edible

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Steve Axford Photo: Marasmius Haematocephal

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Steve Axford Photo, Panus Fasciatus Edible

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Hydnellum Peckii

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Favolaschia Calocera (Orange Fungus)

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Coprinus Comatus

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Clathrus Ruber

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Fantastic Fungi: Mushroom Panus Lecomtei  Photography by Steve Axford

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Steve Axford Photo: Cyptotrama aspratum or Gold tuft

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Common Puffball Lycoperdon perlatum Enfield UK

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Steve Axford Photo

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Rhodotus Palmatus

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Orange crepidotus

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Steve Axford Photo; Colossal

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Steve Axford: Hygrocybe stevensoniae

 

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Wonderful Fungi: Macro Photography of Mushrooms

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Pinwheel Mushrooms

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Panus lecomtei

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Leratiomyces sp. Booyong

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Colossal

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Mycena adonis

 

Porcelain Fungus ( Oudemansiella mucida ) | by johnrm2013

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Schizophyllum Commune

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Laccaria amethystina

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Russula emetica

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Steve Axford Photo

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Mycena fungi by Steve Axford

 

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Steve Axford Photo

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Sky blue mushroom. Entoloma Hochstetteri (virescens), Fox Glacier, New Zealand

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Miguel Olivera Photo: Colus hirudinosus

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Morchella Esculenta
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Steve Axford Photo: Stinkhorns ( Aseroe Rubra)

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Bridal Veil Stinkhorn Fungus (Phallus indusiatus)

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Chorioactis

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Amanita jacksonii — Eastern Caesar’s Mushroom

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 Geastrum Quadrifidum 

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Geastrum Minimum

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Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle)

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Clavaria zollingeri (the violet coral) | by Boy of the Fores

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Red Fly Agaric (Amanita Muscaria)

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Black Morel ( Morchella Conica)

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Steve Axford Photo: Red cup fungi (phillipsia subpurpurea)

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Mutinus boninensis

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Leratiomyces mashroom by Steve Axford 

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Nail fungi by Arthur Anker

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Steve Axford Photo: Mycena interrupta, Poisonous

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Bioluminescent Mushroom Fungus Panellus Stipticus (Bitter Oyster)

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Photo by Steve Axford (Blue Leratiomyces)

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Mycena austrororida

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Leratiomyces ceres by Steve AXford

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Hair Ice

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Amethyst Deceiver (Laccaria amethystea) by Steve Axford

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Coral fungiPicture: Steve Axford

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TarkinePicture: Steve Axford

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Red Hygrocybes by Steve Axford

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Cymatoderma elegans var. lamellatum or Leathery Goblet

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Chlorociboria Aeruginoa

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Chlorociboria Aeruginoa Crepidotus sp.

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Steve Axford Photo:Campanella junghuhnii

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Porcelain Fungus (Oudemansiella mucida)

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Ethereal-Looking Fungi by Steve Axford
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Clitocybe semiocculta

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Steve Axford Photo: Mycena chlorophos

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Cordyceps gunnii

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The  Sleeping  Fawn-White-Mycena

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Fantastic Fungi: Mind Blowing Mushroom Diversity Photographed by Steve Axford

 

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Forest Fauna chasingthegreenfaerie

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Radically Diverse Australian Fungi Photographed by Steve Axford

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