My entry for the Competition was titled - New Life from Old.
I am very proud to say it was awarded a Silver Gilt medal in the Exhibition.
The fungi kingdom covers every continent on our planet and interacts with and becomes part of both the animal and plant kingdoms. The slime mold was part of this kingdom but has now been re-classified. However, it still enables new life from old, so I have included it.
From the largest living single organism on the planet to some of the smallest, fungi are everywhere. There are parts of the plant world that would not exist without their symbiotic relationship with fungi. Orchids depend on it to get a start in life; insects utilise it and are utilised by it at the cost of their lives.
The common ‘mushroom’ in the supermarket and the colourful and, on occasion, bizarre fungi that we see in the fields and woods are in fact the fruiting bodies of the fungi. The vast majority of the organism remains unseen within the soil or wood, growing and in turn releasing nutrients back into the soil that plants can utilise.
Micro fungi are fascinating for their diversity and their delicate structure. They are frequently overlooked due to their small size and their often muted colours. Utilising a dedicated macro lens and camera set up on a tripod with a remote shutter release to capture the images and software to ‘stack’ multiple images together into a final composite image allows me to create photographs that are in focus front to back that show the detail of the small fruiting bodies.