When I was in 7th grade, my science teacher gave the class several project options, one of which was to collect specimens of fungi. I liked being outside, and was keen to do this particular assignment. Mom helped by suggesting a trip to Philippe Park in Safety Harbor (FL).
Philippe Park is now manicured, but back then it was wilder. The paths were sand and gravel, and lined with wild plants. There was ample shade beneath towering oak trees, and fungi were everywhere.
I returned home with at least a dozen different species of mushrooms and lichens, and arranged them in a plastic terrarium. I was fascinated at how the fungal bodies “breathed.” The walls of the terrarium would intermittently fog for a few hours, and then clear once again.
Since then, I’ve had a fascination for mushrooms and lichens, which is why I watched the video I’m sharing now. However, this video far exceeded expectations. Although the photography allows one to see the magnificent beauty of innumerable species, it’s the story behind the photographs that leaves me inspired. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And thank you Stephen Axford. You are now one of my heroes.