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Radically Diverse Australian Fungi Photographed by Steve Axford http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/05/radically-diverse-australian-fungi-photographed-by-steve-axford/

The birdnest fungi 2 by Steve Axford This one shows the cups before and after they open. The new cups have a “mother of pearl” type sheen to them. Each cup is about 10mm across, so they are easy to miss.

I Have always had an obsession with fungi. Their structure has such a complexity and is so delicate. Have always loved photographing it. Along with the rest of nature...... SD

September is National Mushroom Month. There are many toxic mushrooms so don't take them unless you know what you are doing. -- This mushroom is pretty, but very toxic.( common sense should prevail !! This clearly has distinct possibility to be toxic as obvious bright red in colour / innocent brown ones can be as deadly !! If no real expert to confirm edible / obviously if in doubt /leave it out !! Instead enjoy your walk in the woods and stay safe / Health and safety matters as location…

Hygrocybe punicea, sometimes called Crimson or Scarlet Waxy Cap, is a colourful member of the genus Hygrocybe, the waxcaps, found across Northern Europe. It's the largest member of the genus, w an initially bell-shaped, and later flattening. The spore print is white. The ringless stipe is up 5–9 cm high and 2 cm wide, red w a paler yellow or whitish base. The flesh is whitish. It has a wide distribution in grasslands across Laos, and in woodland in North America.