Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fungi Fotos

Split Gill (Schizophyllum commune)
The North American Mycological Association (NAMA) annually conducts a photography contest with entries from all over the world.  Here in Springfield we are familiar with Mark Bower's beautiful fungi photographs from his books and the exhibits that have toured the MDC Nature Centers.  He recently received three awards from the NAMA 2016 contest.

Red Raspberry Slime Mold (Tubifera ferruginosa)
The Split Gill (Schizophyllum commune) on the top of the page and the Red Raspberry Slime Mold (Tubifera ferruginosa) immediately above each got honorable mention in the pictorial category.

Aminita the snowman
My personal favorite was the Aminita snowman and the judges must have agreed as they gave him first place in the judge's option category.  It combines technique, art and whimsy.

There were "close to 1000" entries and only 24 awards given so he took home more than his share.  You can see the first through third place winners at this link.

The photographs that he submitted to the contest are all in this Flickr album including another favorite, "Dead Man's Toes."

"Dead Man's Toes" - click to enlarge
Mark's other albums are here on Flickr.

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