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Fantastic Fungi Photo Contest Follow-up


Thank you to all who submitted photos to our Fabulous Fungi photo contest! The results are in and we’d like to congratulate Maria Romanova and Bill Brown for their winning images!

Bill_BrownLycoperdon perlatum; Submitted via Facebook by Bill Brown.

Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 3.47.19 PM Amanita species from section Vaginatae; Submitted via Twitter by Maria Romanova.

Special thanks to the Mycological Society of Toronto for their assistance in ID’ing the winning photos and to Firefly Books for providing our prize!

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In this beautiful hardcover book entitled Astounding Mushrooms by Jaroslav Maly and Alain Bellocq, we’re given a glimpse into the wild world of mushrooms that exists like another realm beneath our feet.

With over one million species of mushrooms said to exist worldwide, this book shows us some of the world’s most diverse. Maly’s photos detail mushrooms of various shapes including buttons, nests, fans, feet, clubs, hooves, trumpets, mesh, tentacles, stars, tubes, and spines.

Textures are smooth, shiny or pimpled. They can be dry or wet, edible or deadly. Nuanced colours and blushes include yellows, reds, blues, and greens. They may be speckled, stinky, slimy, hairy, or fuzzy. Some wear a hat, a “skirt”, or can even move.


There is much in nature that goes unnoticed on a leisurely afternoon trek of the woods. Astounding Mushrooms inspires us to explore with new vision. You won’t wander the same way after reading.

Miss our contest? Find your copy of Astounding Mushrooms here.


Leyla Top is a Digital Communications Specialist at Ontario Nature.


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  1. Thanks for your effort on the website!

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