by Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Friday 16 May 2014

You might think these mushrooms hail from another planet, but in fact, most of them can be found in one guy’s back yard. New South Wales-based photographer Steve Axford took these marvellous photos of mushrooms and fungi as part of his quest to document the rarest flora and fauna in the world.

In an email interview with This Is Colossal, he reveals that the sub-tropical fungi he’s photographed were located near his home. As for temperate fungi, he had to travel to far-flung remote areas in Victoria and Tasmania to see them.

His work with rare species of mushrooms has earned him quite the online following. Photographs of the ‘Hairy Mycena’ and ‘blue leratiomyces’ – especially artistic ones like Axford’s – come few and far between. Most of which have never been spotted in the Australian mainland!

The photos below are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. He’s got more! There are others that look like icicles, that have yellow fur-like coating, and some that don’t look like mushrooms at all. Check out his website and Flickr page to see the rest of the astonishing and diverse photos.

Via This Is Colossal