Photographer Guy Edwardes
THESE enchanting images look like illustrations from a book of fairy tales, but the magic is really that of the natural world of fungi.
The image above shows night falling on clusters of Mycena fungi – notable for their bell-shaped caps and their small size of only a few centimetres.
The amethyst deceiver (Laccaria amethystina) grows in the leaf litter of forests and is a key food source for fly larvae. It is edible for humans, but not considered a choice mushroom. Collectors must be careful to avoid the poisonous lilac fibrecap (Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina) that the amethyst deceiver resembles.
The image above is a variable oysterling fungus (Crepidotus variabilis) with its distinct kidney shapes, which grows on dead…