Bruno D'Amicis / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) walking along fallen trunk of old Beech (Fagus sylvatica) tree, Coppo del Principe old-growth beech forest in autumn. Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park / Parco Nazionale...
Guy Edwardes / Stove in abandoned cottage, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK. March 2014.
Alex Hyde / Cup fungus (Cookeina sp) growing on decaying wood on the rainforest floor, Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Alex Hyde / Low angle view of Porcelain fungus (Oudemansiella mucida) growing on a dead Beech tree (Fagus sylvatica). Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. November.
Staffan Widstrand / Moss covered fallen trees in old mixed conifer and broadleaf forest, Punia Forest Reserve, Lithuania, May.
Alex Hyde / Cup fungi (Cookeina sp) growing on decaying log, Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo.
Alex Hyde / Cup fungi (Cookeina sp) growing on decaying log in lowland dipterocarp forest. Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo.
Pal Hermansen / Birch tree (Betula sp) growing up through old rusting car at night. Bastnas car graveyard, Sweden, July. Winner of the Portfolio category in the Melvita Nature Images Awards competition 2014.
Alex Hyde / Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) feeding on rotten apple. Derbyshire, August.
Ingo Arndt / Vogelkop bowerbird (Amblyornis inornatus) decoration material (blue rotten wood) collected in order to attract females to his bower, Arfak Mountains, Irian Jaya, New Guinea, Indonesia.
Pål Hermansen,Pal Hermansen / Interior of old abandoned car, with nettles growing inside and a smashed windscreen, Varmland, Sweden
Pal Hermansen / Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) feeding chicks in a nest in an old car, Bastnas, Sweden, July. Winner of the Urban Wildlife Category at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) 2013. Winner...
Pål Hermansen,Pal Hermansen / Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) with food in its beak at the entrance to its nest in the exhaust pipe of an old car, Bastnas, Sweden, June. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013...
Pal Hermansen / Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) taking off in the snow, with old cars in the background, Bastnas, Sweden, February. Winner of the Fritz Polking Prize at the GDT competition 2013 and winner of the Portf...
Franco Banfi,Franco Banfi / Anchor on Wreck Vassilios T, Vis Island, Croatia, Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean
Theo Bosboom / Dead Angelica (Angelica sp) in the snow, Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland, February
Floris van Breugel / Natural iridescent oil film from decaying leaves at the surface of a pool, with a cottonwood leaf floating. Escalante National Monument, Utah. November.
Nick Garbutt / Adult Violin Beetle (Mormolyce borneensis) on decaying leaf on the rain forest floor. Near Ginseng Camp in the heart of Maliau Basin - Sabah's 'Lost World'. Maliau Basin, Borneo.
Jouan & Rius / Cup fungi on decaying wood in rainforest, Borneo, Sarawak, Malaysia
SINCLAIR STAMMERS / Acellular Slime Mould, 'Many headed slime' (Physarum polycephalum) inhabits shady, cool, moist areas, such as decaying leaves and logs
Wild Wonders of Europe / López / Decaying tree trunk, Moricsala Strict Nature Reserve, Moricsala Island, Lake Usma, Latvia, June 2009
Guy Edwardes / Scarlet elf cup fungus (Sarcoscypha coccinea) growing on decaying alder branch in leaf litter, Dorset, England, February
Guy Edwardes / Close up of decaying Sycamore leaf (Acer pseudoplatanus) Devon, England, November 2008
Duncan Mcewan / Wood lice on decaying oak, Scotland.
Gerry Ellis / Fall leaf pattern close-up, eastern hardwood forest, Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania
Gerry Ellis / Fall leaf pattern close up, eastern hardwood forest, Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania
David Hall / Alabaster nudibranch (Dirona albolineata) on decaying kelp. Hussar Bay, Nigei Island, Queen Charlotte Strait, British Columbia, Canada. September.
David Hall / White-and-orange-tipped nudibranch (Janolus fuscus) on decaying kelp. Nigei Island, Queen Charlotte Stait, British Columbia, Canada. September.
Andy Sands / Slime mould (Badhamia affinis), in reproductive phase. Fruiting bodies (sporangia) developing on rotting wood, preparing to release spores. Buckinghamshire, UK.
Will Watson / Veteran Sweet chestnut tree(Castanea sativa), with dead and decaying standing wood, Piper's Hill and Dodderhill Commons, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust Reserve, England, UK, November.
Pedro Narra / Dead whale in advanced state of decomposition, Coast of Arribida natural park, Portugal
Pedro Narra / Dead whale in advanced state of decomposition, Coast of Arribida Natural Park, Portugal
Guy Edwardes / Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria), New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, UK
Guy Edwardes / Mycena spp., New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, UK, October.
Nigel Cattlin / Honey fungus (Armillaria mellea) rhizomorphs / fungal cords on dead core of rotten tree. Berkshire, England, UK. March.
Sergio Hanquet / Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) female, partially decomposed, stranded on beach, two men attaching ropes. Las Caletillas, Tenerife. Canary Islands. 2015.
Bernard Castelein / Oak leaves (Quercus robur), Peerdsbos, Brasschaat, Belgium. December
Duncan Murrell / Fungal growth on a decaying leaf, Sabangau (peat-swamp) Forest, Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Shane Gross / The floor of a blue hole in The Bahamas, covered in decaying matter, food for the yet-to-be-described red cave shrimp. Bahamas.
David Woodfall / Brown tree ants (Lasius brunneus) in rotting wood, Epping Forest, Essex, UK. May.
Alex Hyde / Detail of decaying tree stump infested with blue fungus (Chlorociboria sp.). Magallanes National Reserve, Patagonia, Chile. November.
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Deadwood decaying in ancient Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) woodland. Rassal National Nature Reserve, Wester Ross, Highland, Scotland, UK.
SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Dead wood decaying in ancient Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) woodland, Rassal National Nature Reserve, Highlands, Scotland, UK.
Bruno D'Amicis / Toadstools emerging from decaying wood in old-growth Beech (Fagus sylvatica) forest. Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park / Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise UNESCO World Heritage Site...
Bruno D'Amicis / Fungal hyphae in decaying wood in old-growth Beech (Fagus sylvatica) forest. Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park / Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise UNESCO World Heritage Site Italy. O...
Bruno D'Amicis / Crocuses (Crocus vernus) emerging from decaying wood in old-growth Beech forest. Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park / Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise UNESCO World Heritage Site Ital...
Bruno D'Amicis / Hermit beetle (Osmoderma eremita) male in decaying wood in old-growth Beech (Fagus sylvatica) forest. Endangered species. UNESCO World Heritage Site. Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park, Italy. Au...
Bruno D'Amicis / Hermit beetle (Osmoderma eremita) male in decaying wood of old-growth Beech (Fagus sylvatica) forest tree. Endangered species. UNESCO World Heritage Site. Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park, Ital...