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The Beauty of Decay



The City Daily Photo theme for June is “The Beauty of Decay”. Click here to see contributions of participants around the world.

Instead of a self portrait, I offer examples from our natural environment.

Decay of wood is mostly caused by fungi, unseen until the fruiting bodies emerge. The ones shown are quite likely the fruiting bodies of the honey mushroom Armillaria Novae Zealandiae but I am not very familiar with fungi. They grew on a fallen kanuka tree in the bush.

Armillaria Novae Zealandiae?

Armillaria Novae Zealandiae?


  1. “Instead of a self portrait” – “giggles”

    Love those mushrooms, especially the view from down under!

  2. No self portrait, haha. I wonder if anyone will do that today.

    These mushroom photos are beautiful, especially the unexpected bottom view!

  3. You’ve made a great Theme Day post. The self-portrait part made me smile.

  4. What amazing images. Thank you for commenting in Coventry.

  5. In the thumbnail photo, it looked like they were dandelions

  6. Oui ! Très originale illustration du thème.
    Les champignons ne sont-ils pas les grosses moisissures de la décrépitude ?

  7. Oh these are great macros. Clever interpretation of the theme today!

  8. From underneath they look like fireworks. Very nice!

  9. wonderful photos!!

  10. Chattahoochee Valley

    June 2, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Very pretty fungi

  11. some of the prettiest decay I’ve seen so far!

  12. What a wonderful view of the mushrooms – from underneath. They look like an explosion of tiny Ferris wheels. Great post for the theme. I also was considering a self-portrait – it would at least be somewhat accurate phonetically in its title: The beauty of de Kay.”

  13. Haha, you picked a great one – I’ve never seen such pretty mushrooms! Love the perspective.

  14. Ooh funghi! they are quite pretty

  15. Cute mushrooms! You have captured them very well in these photo.

  16. I find this quite artistic!
    Nice and interesting posting.

  17. Wonderful photos, especially the first one!

  18. Great mushies.

  19. The self-portrait would have been a good choice for many of us, but you really picked something different and original!

  20. Wonderful photos!!! Such delicate things to create such decay!!!

  21. So beautiful! And me too, I thought they were dandelions in the thumbnail 😉

  22. Fantastic photo. Love the angle.

  23. Now that top photo is spectacular. Congratulations!

    (none of us apparently has dared go down the “human decay” path… not brave enough !)

  24. Hmmm, we are all going down that path – just not showing photographic evidence!

  25. Outstanding shot on top! Love it. Great take on the theme.

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