Fungi and bacteria are essential to many of the most basic ecosystem processes: saprobic fungi break down fallen wood and litter returning nutrients to the soil; nitrogen-fixing bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi assist plants to obtain nutrients from the soil; and many groups of fungi and bacteria cause diseases of plants and animals.
One of the greatest challenges to understanding the diversity, origins, and ecological significance of New Zealand’s fungi are the huge numbers of undescribed species. About 6,500 species of fungi have been reported from New Zealand, but we estimate there are at least another 15,000 species awaiting discovery. Of the species so far reported, about one-third are exotic having been introduced to New Zealand by humans, mostly in the last 200 years. Of the described indigenous species, about half are endemic. Ref: Landcare Research
Taking photographs from a different perspective is a passion of mine, so what better topic to begin my Weekly Photo Challenge with?
Poking my lens as close over the butterfly’s shoulder as possible.
Placing the camera on the bench and angling it until the rest of the seating was clear, and moving so the the Norfolk Pine tree in the distance was set at the end of the bench, gave this effect.
Here, I’m leaning right into the pool with my camera very close to the level of the water. In these instances I ensure the neck strap is in place, ‘just in case’.
Lens close to the water, picking up the bottom of the pool and the water reflections.
For this shot the camera was at ground level and I flattened as much grass ahead of the camera as I could.
For this shot I brought the camera right down to ladybird level.
For this shot I was kneeling on the ground with the camera tipped right towards the succulent leaves.
For this shot I was sitting on the ground with the lens almost against the rubbish bin.
Placing the camera on the ground and tilting it upwards, worked well for these toadstools. I moved sideways until the toadstools were lined up and the tree trunk in the background fully framed the background of the picture.
Here I was using my camera bean bag, placing it on the ground underneath a parked car.
For this shot I placed the camera on the path, angling it under the Dandelion flower.
Coming in close and personal to the butterfly.
For this, I was right down on my stomach, facing the lens upwards until daylight showed through the holes in the leaf.