Mushrooms, the natural recyclers of our forests, are almost as diverse on their own as the entire animal kingdom. Nature photography usually focuses on other larger objects, so we often miss the beauty and diversity that mushrooms have to offer. Photographer Steve Axford, however, is passionate about the world of fungi and shares his visual discoveries with many of his devoted followers.

Axford lives in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales in Australia, but he travels all around the world, capturing photos of rare animals, plants, and many different diverse people that he meets. What he loves photographing most, however, are fungi, many of which are so rare that they’ve never been photographed before – at least not in such an inspiring and artistic way. Enjoy!

More info: SmugMug | Flickr  (h/t: thisiscolossal)

Marasmius haematocephalus

Panus fasciatus

Campanella sp.

Leratiomyces sp. / Found in Booyong Reserve, Booyong, NSW

Mycena interrupta

Schizophyllum commune

Mycena chlorophos

Cyptotrama aspratum or Gold tuft

Marasmius haematocephalus

Marasmius sp.

Campanella sp.

Mycena austrororida

Cyathus novaezelandiae or Birds Nest Fungi, Tara Ridge

Mycna chlorophos

Tremella fimbriata

Hairy mycena

Campanella sp.

Leratiomyces ceres (Redlead Roundhead)

White mycena

Luminous fungi (Mycena chlorophos)

Hygrocybe anomala

Red cup fungi

Hairy mycena