Wondrous Photos of the World’s Beautifully Diverse Fungi

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Wondrous Photos of the World’s Beautifully Diverse Fungi

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Fungi were up until fairly recently considered to be part of the plant family. But with later research, it was proven that they have more in common with animals than with plants, and so, they were awarded their own kingdom. In fact, fungi were the first creatures to stumble out of the ocean and onto dry land. They were the ones who made dry land habitable for the rest of life to get a grip too. This happened some 400 to 500 million years ago.

Nevertheless, Australian photographer, Steve Axford, has set his lens on these wonderful creatures and exposed them for the world to see. These fungi come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, colours and species, just like any of the other two kingdoms of living things. In total, there are some 5.1 million species of fungi, with some yet to be discovered.

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Many of the photos here were taken when Axford was working to restore the natural rainforests in New South Wales. He has, nevertheless, travelled to China, Thailand, Tasmania, in order to capture as much of the wide variety of fungi as he could find. He also made some time-lapse videos that show how these fungi grow, some of which will appear in BBC’s Planet Earth II.

On his Facebook page, Axford says: “My photography has been my avenue into the natural world as it slows me down and allows me to look at things more closely. I try to combine the beauty I see with scientific accuracy, so most of my photos could be used to identify things and will show the fine detail.”

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Axford’s photographs also extend beyond intriguing micro-growths, to a variety of subjects including volcanoes, travel, people, wildlife and rainforests. His full portfolio can be viewed on his website.                                                                                                            (Source)