FRIENDLY FUNGUS PHOTOGRAPHY
The work of Anna Towers
Mushrooms of the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond
Hello! My name is Anna and I am a mushroom photographer. My photos celebrate the vibrant colors, fascinating shapes, and varied sizes of fungi.
I am passionate about environmental conservation and aspire to educate people about ecological issues. My goal is to use my fungi photography to motivate people to look at nature in a more mindful, compassionate, and respectful light. When people view my mushroom photos, they are intrigued and awe-inspired by the beauty of these often-overlooked organisms. The feedback I receive on my popular fungi social media accounts indicates that my images inspire people to learn—and care—more about the natural world.
I photograph mushrooms for their magnificence, for their ability to inspire, and for their succinct potential to change the world. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my vision.
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What's So Special
When delving into the study of mushrooms – a science known as "mycology" – there is a lot of exciting information to take in! Every year new studies illustrate how capable fungi are in enriching our lives on Earth. Here are some impressive examples:
Fungi are capable of breaking down plastics and toxic substances, cleaning up oil and other pollutants, revitalizing contaminated ecosystems, improving physical health through food and medication, and even creating substitutes for building and packaging materials.
Termed “the internet of the forest,” a fungi's mycelium – the intricate underground web of root-like filaments from which mushrooms are formed – connects trees and plants to one another thereby distributing the nutrients they require for survival. Without mycelium it is likely that life would not be sustainable on land.
This mycelium is responsible for 90% of all decomposition on earth – and only time will tell how specialized and widespread this recycling process will become.
Through fungi, we are looking toward a more sustainable future and a healthier planet Earth!
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