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June 2, 2013

The Beauty of Decay

Filed under: Fungi,Theme Day,Titirangi — paul @ 7:04 am
Fungi

Fungi

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?

25 Comments

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

    Love those mushrooms, especially the view from down under!

    Comment by Merisi in Vienna — June 2, 2013 @ 7:19 am

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

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

    Comment by Dina — June 2, 2013 @ 7:19 am

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

    Comment by Lynette — June 2, 2013 @ 7:38 am

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

    Comment by Lauren — June 2, 2013 @ 8:35 am

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

    Comment by LuiZ FernandoS — June 2, 2013 @ 8:42 am

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

    Comment by ˉˉˉˉ│∩│ˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉ│∩│ˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉ│∩│ˉˉˉ AVIGNON ˉˉˉ│∩│ˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉ│∩│ˉˉˉˉˉˉˉˉ│∩│ˉˉˉˉ — June 2, 2013 @ 9:21 am

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

    Comment by Virginia — June 2, 2013 @ 9:27 am

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

    Comment by Meghan — June 2, 2013 @ 10:32 am

  9. wonderful photos!!

    Comment by Jo — June 2, 2013 @ 10:46 am

  10. Very pretty fungi

    Comment by Chattahoochee Valley — June 2, 2013 @ 11:18 am

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

    Comment by Hamilton — June 2, 2013 @ 11:36 am

  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.”

    Comment by Kay — June 2, 2013 @ 11:56 am

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

    Comment by PrincetonDailyPhoto — June 2, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

  14. Ooh funghi! they are quite pretty

    Comment by krisz fu — June 2, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

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

    Comment by wilf wang — June 2, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

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

    Comment by Gunn — June 2, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

  17. Wonderful photos, especially the first one!

    Comment by Karl — June 2, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

  18. Great mushies.

    Comment by Jim — June 3, 2013 @ 1:33 am

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

    Comment by VP — June 3, 2013 @ 2:32 am

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

    Comment by TheChieftess — June 3, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

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

    Comment by Aurore — June 3, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

  22. Fantastic photo. Love the angle.

    Comment by BlossomFlowerGirl — June 4, 2013 @ 11:49 pm

  23. Now that top photo is spectacular. Congratulations!

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

    Comment by nathalie — June 5, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

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

    Comment by paul — June 5, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

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

    Comment by JM — June 5, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

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