An Enchantment of Fungi A photo essay by Hayley May - ZEALANDIA EcoSanctuary volunteer storyteller
The quintessential toadstool of fairy stories - Fly Agaric pushes up among the pine needles along Valley View. Deadly poisonous but oh-so beautiful.
Like Marilyn Monroe caught in an updraft, as the agaric ages, it lifts its skirts to show its frilly gills
The seductive curves of jelly ear fungi protrude from decaying tree trunks
Diminutive Mycena pop up their parasols
A tangle of orange poreconch invades the forest
Plum woodknight shows off custard-coloured gills
Artist's porebracket awaits graffiti