Bird’s Nest Fungi

BOTANICAL– Highly commended

The small fruiting bodies of Bird’s Nest Fungi (Crucibulum sp.) are completely closed when first formed. Then the top crumbles away, leaving a cup containing spore-bearing tissue called peridioles. When raindrops land in the cup, the peridioles are propelled into the air, dispersing the spores. Being small objects with extraordinary shapes and colours in often dimly lit forests, Fungi represent an interesting challenge for the photographer. Here one day, gone the next.

East Harbour Regional Park, Wellington, New Zealand

Olympus E-1, 50mm macro, 25mm extension tube, twin flash system

by Eric Burger, Lower Hutt, New Zealand