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Intriguing Examples of Fungi Photography

Posted on 09 January 2012 by Michael Wood

Although my main focus has been on the scientific aspects of fungi, I have always particulary enjoyed the beauty of the form of fungi. I received an email last week from fungal photographer Warren Krupsaw pointing me to some of his photographs that do a fine job of illustrating the beauty of fungi. In the words of the photographer:

My kind of “fungi awareness” also means being curious about how others deal with this particular subject matter and generally what I’m finding is that most folks take a “hands off,” keep-your-distance approach. I guess if you just want a record of your subject for identification purposes or whatever that’s fine, but fungi have the potential to be so much more up-close and personal if one concentrates on their unusual design elements.

You can view the photographs here:


4 Responses to “Intriguing Examples of Fungi Photography”

  1. Mary says:

    Wow, what a beautiful photos. I have read about fungi mushrooms on and could not imagine that their appearence might be so thrilling!

  2. lisa marie says:

    Hello there,
    I just came across your website and as a new mushroom enthusiast I have a question for you.
    Have you ever found medicinal mushrooms (such as Trametes Versicolour) on cedar trees? I understood that you wouldn’t find many mushrooms growing on cedars and today I found a whole branch covered in them. Isn’t this unusual? I’d sure appreciate your reply. Regards, Lisa

  3. Michael Wood says:

    As with many common names, “Cedar” is a vague term as it means many different trees. True cedars (Cedrus)are in the Pine family (Pinaceae). There are many trees in the Cypress family (Cupressaceae) that are also called cedars. I’m sure there are mushrooms that some consider medicinal that grow on most of these.

  4. Hi,
    First time posting on the blog. In response to Lisa and Michael I agree that “Cedar” is too vague; however, Trametes villosa grows on Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) and may have similar medicinal qualities as T. versicolor. Also, there is Trametes carbonaria that has been reported to grow on many burnt “Cedars”. I think that it would be rare to find T. Versicolor growing on Western Red Cedar here in Oregon. So depending on where you live and what type of “cedars” are out there you may find medicinals.
    See link:

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