Author: Kevin Riley
Often when hiking in the great outdoors, we only see the big picture. After all, we’re surrounded by grandeur – tall trees, large rocks, emerald lakes, lofty clouds, mountain peaks.
But, when you slow your pace and look down, there’s a whole magnificent world of beauty at your feet – or beside the trail. There are tiny flowers, graceful lichen, feathery ferns, and mushrooms.
Mushrooms and other fungi come in many shapes and sizes, and they can make great subjects for your nature photography. Here’s just a few I’ve seen recently along the trails.
This pink beauty was the only one on the side of a mossy tree. How did it get up there?
I just about put my boot into the cosy abode of this quartet of mushrooms. On this muddy trail up a mountain in Shiga Prefecture, they found themselves a hobbit-hole shelter.
Here’s another hardy character. This tenacious little fellow is growing out of the face of a step on the trail. The compacted gravelly dirt was as hard as concrete, but this little guy grabbed a foothold.
Looking like miniature orange cabbage leaves, this fungus was taking over the side of this tree. Didn’t have to be looking down to spot this bright patch.
Love the sharp contrast of black and white on these fungi growing on a log beside the trail. The whole length of the log was covered with them.
Like balconies for tiny faeries on a mossy highrise, these white fungi were climbing up the moss-covered side of a tree in Nara.
There are times when you forget your tripod and kick yourself for it. Found these little guys precariously clinging to a piece of branch. Although I knew the shot would probably blur a bit without a steady rest, I couldn’t let this frail beauty go by uncaptured on my camera.
So, which of these fun guys (fungi) do you find the most beautiful? Let everybody know below, and maybe we can crown a Miss Fungus.