Toadstools Browns Bay

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fungi

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

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

This week’s photo challenge is entitled “Reflections”.
I’m going to work along the lines of Wikipedia -
Reflection = Mirror image, a reflection in a mirror or in water.

I admit to being a reflection nut.  I’m crazy about reflections and the amazing views they push back to us.  We are surrounded by reflections.  Reflections are absolutely everywhere you look.    Everywhere.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

PERSPECTIVE:
Taking photographs from a different perspective is a passion of mine, so what better topic to begin my Weekly Photo Challenge with?
Enjoy :-)

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