30 Enchanting Pictures of Mushrooms, Toadstools And Fungi

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Image Credit: Myriorama

For thousands of years, human beings have been fascinated and intrigued about mushrooms, toadstools and other members of the fungi kingdom.

The Aztecs considered certain species of mushrooms to be sacred, calling them Teonanácatl (“the flesh of the gods”). Druids and shamans coveted these fungi for their hallucinogenic properties, using them to enter a trance like state during their elaborate (and bloody) rituals. The consumption of certain fungal species, however, brought about a slow, torturous and painful death.

People in the ancient world alternately feared and revered these mystical qualities of the organisms, associating them with to the supernatural. Writers and storytellers still use them as literary devices to invoke the imagery of mystery, decay, danger and death.

Image Credit: Grant and Caroline

Beautiful Fungus

The members of the fungi kingdom straddle the vast gap between the plant and animal kingdoms. Though they closely resemble plants, they are, in fact, more related to animals. And unlike plants, they really don’t need the sun to provide them sustenance and energy. This gives them the ability to thrive in the most inhospitable of places. Many fungi also play the role of one of nature’s most formidable scavengers – by growing on, consuming and recycling decaying organic matter.

While modern science has unraveled some of the mysteries of these wonderful organisms, they still remain creatures of wonder to us. Their delicate structures, and often bizarre, yet beautiful shapes, make them attractive subjects to be captured in the lens of the discerning photographer.

Here is a small, but beautiful photo collection of mushrooms, toadstools and other species of fungi. All the images were released under various Creative Commons Licenses by their photographers.

Image Credit: Mollivan Jon

Kokako Colors

Image Credit: Myriorama

Bird's Nest

Image Credit: Mr. Theklan

Udazken perretxikoak

Image Credit: Artwerk

Metropolis

Image Credit: Hans S

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Image Credit: Orycetes

Tardor/Autumn

Image Credit: DonGato

Fungi Photography

Image Credit: Manu gomi

Fall & mushrooms

Image Credit: ~K~

Nature is my medicine

Image Credit: Bill Liao

Fungus

Image Credit: Pierre Pouliquin

Hungos Nel Bosco

Image Credit: Ken-ichi

Eyelash Cups

Image Credit: KM&G-Morris

Toadstools

Image Credit: Julioeiroa

Dacrymyces stillatus

Image Credit: Vern and Skeet

Blue Mushies

Image Credit: Artwerk

Accordion

Image Credit: Petrichor

Aseroe Rubra

Image Credit: Doblobaut

Magic Mushrooms

Image Credit: Wili Hybrid

Shrooms

Image Credit: MaKeR i

Fungi and Mushrooms

Image Credit: dr.motte

Mushrooms - Photography

Image Credit: Nutmeg66

Tree Ear

Image Credit: Pfly

Cute Little Fungoids

Image Credit: Soy Rock

Smurfland

Image Credit: MaKeR i

Blue Fungi

Image Credit: Squeezyboy

Fairy Bonnets

Image Credit: Jonno259

Mushroom Closeup

Image Credit: Julioeiroa

Coprinopis Cinerea

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