Photographers pay tribute to the wonderful world of mushrooms
Prepare to have your world turned upside down. Many people think of mushrooms as over-developed mould, ugly growths found in dank conditions. In reality this could not be further from the truth. As beautiful and varied as their leafy friends, mushrooms and other fungi can be found the world over in an unending range of brilliant colours and alien shapes.
Unlike most plants, a typical fungus exists as a vast network of underground connections. A mushroom, toadstool or puffball is likely to only be a tiny part of a much larger organism that extends beneath the earth and may shoot up a variety of different shrooms across a wide area. In fact, in Oregon there is a honey mushroom colony that extends over a space of 2,000 acres. Wow!
In celebration of these weird and wonderful organisms, users have been invited to upload photographs of their favourite mushrooms to Bored Panda. Here is a selection of some of our favourites. If you have an exceptional fungus growing in your back yard, upload an image here.
It might just be us.. but some of these mushrooms look like delicious deserts.