Most people consider mushrooms to be the small, ugly cousins of the plant kingdom, but theirs is a surprisingly beautiful and wonderful world waiting to be explored. These beautiful mushrooms, captured by enthusiastic nature photographers, are a far cry from the ones you find in the woods or your local grocery store.

Most mushrooms, as we know them, are actually just the reproductive structure of the fungus they belong to – their fungal networks expand far further underground, and some fungi don't even sprout the sort of mushrooms that we're used to seeing. In fact, depending on your definition of “organism,” the largest living organism in the world is a fungus – there's a honey mushroom colony in Oregon that occupies about 2,000 acres of land!

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Puffballs

Puffballs

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HollyMason
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I stepped on one last week in sandals! The cold yellow powder spraying on my foot definitely made me a little more cautious walking around!

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Amethyst Deceiver

Amethyst Deceiver

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Panus Fasciatus

Panus Fasciatus

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These all remind me of Disney's Fantasia. Ethereal and beautiful!

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Coprinus Comatus

Coprinus Comatus

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Puffball Mushroom

Puffball Mushroom

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VesselinaMartinova
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very handy mushroom. If you pit it on a bleeding wound it stops the bleeding with an antiseptic effect.

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Crepidotus

Crepidotus

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am beginning to think that mushrooms are the equivalent of sea anemones on land.

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Tiny Golden Mushrooms

Tiny Golden Mushrooms

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Amanita Muscaria

Amanita Muscaria

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Anejo Conejo
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They believe that people ate magic mushrooms and thought these were what is now 'Santa Claus' and that reindeer could fly.

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Cup Fungi

Cup Fungi

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KristenHz
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells, and pretty maids all in a row.

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Laccaria Amethystina

Laccaria Amethystina

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Tiny Orange Mushrooms

Tiny Orange Mushrooms

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Lactarius Indigo

Lactarius Indigo

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Cyptotrama Aspratum

Cyptotrama Aspratum

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Panaleous Sphinctrinus

Panaleous Sphinctrinus

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Kyle Eaton
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Such simple mushrooms, but its the background that really catches the eye.

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Clavaria Zollingeri

Clavaria Zollingeri

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Oudemansiella Mucida

Oudemansiella Mucida

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Stemonitis Axifera

Stemonitis Axifera

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atagonist
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is actually a slime mold, related to amoeba rather than to fungi. They're pretty crazy organisms.

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Xylaria Hypoxylon

Xylaria Hypoxylon

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Annie Doneva
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's a damn great shot !!!! About the mushroom - no words needed....

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Octopus Stinkhorn (Devils Fingers)

Octopus Stinkhorn (Devils Fingers)

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Clavaria Zollingeri

Clavaria Zollingeri

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LeeHwang
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

some of these are utterly creepy. But so beautiful to look at *0*

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Bay Bolete

Bay Bolete

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AnnieDoneva
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Stoenescu, all your photographs are so beautiful. And every time I see one I can tell that it's yours, without seeing your name under it.

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Helvella Lacunosa

Helvella Lacunosa

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Marasmius Rotula

Marasmius Rotula

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Purple Mushrooms In The Woods

Purple Mushrooms In The Woods

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Hexogonia Artemisia

Hexogonia Artemisia

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Amanita Muscaria

Amanita Muscaria

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Auricularia

Auricularia

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Plectania Campylospora

Plectania Campylospora

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Morchella Rotunda And Clathrus Ruber

Morchella Rotunda And Clathrus Ruber

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Sarcoscypha Occidentalis

Sarcoscypha Occidentalis

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Lycoperdon Perlatum

Lycoperdon Perlatum

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Russian Muhomor

Russian Muhomor

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Annie Doneva
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These (or similar) are what they draw and talk about in children's fairytale :)

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Pearls

Pearls

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Yellow Mushroom

Yellow Mushroom

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A Giant Among Us!

A Giant Among Us!

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Amanita Muscaria

Amanita Muscaria

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Coprinellus Micaeus

Coprinellus Micaeus

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Coral Mushroom (if I Am Not Mistaken)

Coral Mushroom (if I Am Not Mistaken)

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Coprinus Comatus

Coprinus Comatus

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This looks more like Coprinopsis picacea. Commonly mistaken for Coprinus comatus.

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Boletus Luridus

Boletus Luridus

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Amanita- Giumalau Mountains

Amanita- Giumalau Mountains

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#85

Taken By My 7 Year Old Daughter...!

Taken By My 7 Year Old Daughter...!

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Leathery Goblet

Leathery Goblet

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Calocera Viscosa

Calocera Viscosa

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Amanita Pantherina

Amanita Pantherina

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KristenHz
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have a picture of one of these on my wall... quite impressive in nature.

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Miniature Spa Stones

Miniature Spa Stones

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John Buryiak
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They are commonly called "bird's nest mushrooms". See this Wikipedia page for info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nidulariaceae

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Transparency...mushroom In The Morning Light

Transparency...mushroom In The Morning Light

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Mushroom Balls

Mushroom Balls

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At First I Thought It Is A Leaf

At First I Thought It Is A Leaf

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The Egg - Phalus Impudicus Egg

The Egg - Phalus Impudicus Egg

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Fly Agaric

Fly Agaric

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White Translucent ( Wood Ear?)

White Translucent ( Wood Ear?)

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Shrroooommmeeeee

Shrroooommmeeeee

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