From the toadstools of fairytales to the exotic shiitake of Japan, mushrooms have held a place in our imaginations — and on our dinner plates — for centuries. In this series of photographs, however, you'll see a more unfamiliar side of fungi — close-ups of the fragile and tender gills that are usually tucked away beneath the cap.
Our first mushroom has long been a favorite with children's book illustrators. But here, instead of the familiar red and white spotted cap of the Fly Agaric mushroom, are the more subdued, but just as lovely, colors and textures of the gills on its underside.
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