Dead-tree Fungus wall print

Plants and Fungi, Highly Commended 2021

The air in the Teno Rural Park in Tenerife is ‘loaded with humidity’. Juan used the drops of water, which refract light, to create tiny stars in the backdrop of these silhouetted fungi.

Just five centimetres tall, this kind of fungus provides a vital service, breaking down dead wood, leaving it soft and accessible for insects to feed on. Among its common names are ‘stag’s horn fungus’ and ‘candlesnuff fungus’, because its powdery, white coating makes it resemble a snuffed-out candle wick.

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DEAD-TREE FUNGUS © José Juan Hernández 2021. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum, London.

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