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Unlike many people, photographer Guy Edwardes looks forward to the end of summer. As the woodlands near his home transition into Autumn colours, fungi enter their most prolific season. Edwardes’ love for these often-maligned organisms shines through in his creative compositions.

“I think a lot of people associate fungi with rot and decay,” says Edwardes. “But they are an essential and often quite beautiful part of our natural ecosystems.”

We now know that underground networks of fungal threads (collectively known as the ‘wood wide web’) form an information superhighway that allows plants to talk to each other. Scientists have even suggested that without this 'fungal internet', plant seedlings may not be able to survive.

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Fungus (Mycena sp) at night. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Fungus (Mycena sp) at night. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Bonnet mycena fungus (Mycena galericulata). New Forest National Park, England, UK. November.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Bonnet mycena fungus (Mycena galericulata). New Forest National Park, England, UK. November.
Fungus (Mycena sp) growing under Ivy (Hedera Helix) seedling. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Fungus (Mycena sp) growing under Ivy (Hedera Helix) seedling. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Fly agaric fungus (Amanita muscaria) amongst moss, autumnal Silver birch (Betula pendula) leaf hanging from toadstool. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Fly agaric fungus (Amanita muscaria) amongst moss, autumnal Silver birch (Betula pendula) leaf hanging from toadstool. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Deceiver fungus (Laccaria laccata) with Silver birch (Betula pendula) leaf in background. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Deceiver fungus (Laccaria laccata) with Silver birch (Betula pendula) leaf in background. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Upright coral fungus (Ramaria stricta) under autumn leaves. Devon, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Upright coral fungus (Ramaria stricta) under autumn leaves. Devon, England, UK. October.
Magpie inkcap fungus (Coprinopsis picacea), Holly (ilex aquifolium) leaves in background. New Forest, Hampshire, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Magpie inkcap fungus (Coprinopsis picacea), Holly (ilex aquifolium) leaves in background. New Forest, Hampshire, England, UK. October.
Porcelain fungus (Oudemansiella mucida), close-up of gills. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Porcelain fungus (Oudemansiella mucida), close-up of gills. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Fungus (Mycena sp). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Fungus (Mycena sp). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Porcelain fungus (Oudemansiella mucida), gills on undersides. New Forest National Park, England, UK. September.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Porcelain fungus (Oudemansiella mucida), gills on undersides. New Forest National Park, England, UK. September.
Candle-snuff fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon) amongst moss. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Candle-snuff fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon) amongst moss. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Parrot waxcap fungus (Gliophorus psittacinus), close up of gills, Duncliffe Wood Woodland Trust Reserve, Dorset, England, UK. November.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Parrot waxcap fungus (Gliophorus psittacinus), close up of gills, Duncliffe Wood Woodland Trust Reserve, Dorset, England, UK. November.
Parrot waxcap fungus (Gliophorus psittacinus), close up of gills, Duncliffe Wood Woodland Trust Reserve, Dorset, England, UK. November.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Parrot waxcap fungus (Gliophorus psittacinus), close up of gills, Duncliffe Wood Woodland Trust Reserve, Dorset, England, UK. November.
Parrot waxcap fungus (Gliophorus psittacinus). Duncliffe Wood Woodland Trust Reserve, Dorset, England, UK. November.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Parrot waxcap fungus (Gliophorus psittacinus). Duncliffe Wood Woodland Trust Reserve, Dorset, England, UK. November.
Golden waxcap fungus (Hygrocybe chlorophana). Devon, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Golden waxcap fungus (Hygrocybe chlorophana). Devon, England, UK. October.
Amethyst deceiver fungus (Laccaria amethystina) growing amongst moss. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Amethyst deceiver fungus (Laccaria amethystina) growing amongst moss. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Fungus (Mycena sp). New Forest National Park, England, UK. November.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Fungus (Mycena sp). New Forest National Park, England, UK. November.
Deceiver fungus (Laccaria laccata) on decaying log. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Deceiver fungus (Laccaria laccata) on decaying log. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Honey fungus (Armillaria mellea) on Beech (Fagus sylvatcia) tree trunk in woodland. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Honey fungus (Armillaria mellea) on Beech (Fagus sylvatcia) tree trunk in woodland. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Amethyst deceiver fungus (Laccaria amethystina). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Amethyst deceiver fungus (Laccaria amethystina). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Fungus (Mycena sp). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Fungus (Mycena sp). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Sulphur tuft fungus (Hypholoma fasciculare) in broadleaved woodland. Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve, Cornwall, England, UK. September.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Sulphur tuft fungus (Hypholoma fasciculare) in broadleaved woodland. Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve, Cornwall, England, UK. September.
Sulphur tuft fungus (Hypholoma fasciculare) amongst Beech (Fagus sylvatica) mast. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Sulphur tuft fungus (Hypholoma fasciculare) amongst Beech (Fagus sylvatica) mast. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Shaggy scalycap fungus (Pholiota squarrosa) on moss covered tree trunk, in broadleaved ancient woodland. New Forest National Park, England, UK. November.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Shaggy scalycap fungus (Pholiota squarrosa) on moss covered tree trunk, in broadleaved ancient woodland. New Forest National Park, England, UK. November.
Toadstools (Mycena sp) at dusk. New Forest, Hampshire, England.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Toadstools (Mycena sp) at dusk. New Forest, Hampshire, England.
Green wood-cup fungus (Chlorosplenium aeruginascens) on deadwood, amongst Haircap moss (Polytrichum sp). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October. Focus stacked image.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Green wood-cup fungus (Chlorosplenium aeruginascens) on deadwood, amongst Haircap moss (Polytrichum sp). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October. Focus stacked image.
Black bulgar fungus (Bulgaria inquinans). Dorset, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Black bulgar fungus (Bulgaria inquinans). Dorset, England, UK. October.
Veined shield fungus (Pluteus thomsonii). Dorset, England, UK. November.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Veined shield fungus (Pluteus thomsonii). Dorset, England, UK. November.
Fungus (Mycena sp), two with water droplets on caps. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Fungus (Mycena sp), two with water droplets on caps. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Variable oysterling fungus (Crepidotus variabilis). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Variable oysterling fungus (Crepidotus variabilis). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Fungus (Mycena sp). New Forest National Park, England, UK. November.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Fungus (Mycena sp). New Forest National Park, England, UK. November.
Elfin saddle fungus (Helvella lacunosa) with dog head appearance. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Elfin saddle fungus (Helvella lacunosa) with dog head appearance. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Wrinkled club fungus (Clavulina rugosa). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Wrinkled club fungus (Clavulina rugosa). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Porcelain fungus (Oudemansiella mucida). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Porcelain fungus (Oudemansiella mucida). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Deceiver fungus (Laccaria laccata), three of different heights. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Deceiver fungus (Laccaria laccata), three of different heights. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Bonnet mycena fungus (Mycena galericulata) on deadwood in ancient broadleaved woodland, sun shining through trees. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Bonnet mycena fungus (Mycena galericulata) on deadwood in ancient broadleaved woodland, sun shining through trees. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Fly agaric fungus (Amanita muscaria). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Fly agaric fungus (Amanita muscaria). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Oak-stump bonnet cap fungus (Mycena inclinata). New Forest National Park, England, UK. November  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Oak-stump bonnet cap fungus (Mycena inclinata). New Forest National Park, England, UK. November
Oak-stump bonnet cap fungus (Mycena inclinata). New Forest National Park, England, UK. November.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Oak-stump bonnet cap fungus (Mycena inclinata). New Forest National Park, England, UK. November.
Yellow staghorn fungus (Calocera viscosa) amongst moss, in rain. Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve, Cornwall, England, UK. September.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Yellow staghorn fungus (Calocera viscosa) amongst moss, in rain. Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve, Cornwall, England, UK. September.
Shaggy scalycap fungus (Pholiota squarrosa) at night. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Shaggy scalycap fungus (Pholiota squarrosa) at night. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Crimped gill fungus (Plicatura crispa) on deadwood. Perthshire, Scotland, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Crimped gill fungus (Plicatura crispa) on deadwood. Perthshire, Scotland, UK. October.
Fungi at 'pin stage'. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Fungi at 'pin stage'. New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Collared parachute fungus (Marasmius rotula). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Collared parachute fungus (Marasmius rotula). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Bonnet mycena fungus (Mycena galericulata) and Holly (Ilex aquifolium) seedling, New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Bonnet mycena fungus (Mycena galericulata) and Holly (Ilex aquifolium) seedling, New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Pinwheel mushroom (Marasmius rotula). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Pinwheel mushroom (Marasmius rotula). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Shaggy scalycap fungus (Pholiota squarrosa). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Shaggy scalycap fungus (Pholiota squarrosa). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
Oak-stump bonnet cap fungus (Mycena inclinata). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.  -  Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Oak-stump bonnet cap fungus (Mycena inclinata). New Forest National Park, England, UK. October.
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