In this beautiful hardcover book entitled Astounding Mushroomsby 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.
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Leyla Topp was Ontario Nature's Digital Communications Specialist. She has a passion for philosophy and Russian literature, and in her spare time can be found curled up with a good book and a strong cup of tea.