The natural world never ceases to amaze us. The photographs of Alison Pollack, a retired environmental consultant turned self-taught nature photographer, reveal yet another dimension to the mesmerizing world that surrounds us. This is because the California-based photographer’s work focuses on a little-known subject matter - the microscopic world of fungi, Myxomycetes, and mosses.
The photographer takes long forest walks, detecting and capturing a variety of bigger fungi and tiny organisms with a microscopic lens. Since her findings are often so small that they are invisible to the naked eye - some less than a millimeter small - she uses equipment that magnifies the subjects as much as 20 times their actual size. In a statement, the photographer shared that her goal is to make these tiny organisms more visible and known to people, and “to reveal the beautiful intricate detail in these organisms” since most of us have never even have heard of them.
Take a look at this captivating microscopic world, hidden in plain sight, through 15 photos by Alison Pollack.
1. Chlorociboria aeruginascens
3. Clavulina and Mycena strobilinoidea
4. Didymium squamulosum
5. Physarum viride
6. Tropical Goblet (Cookeina sulcipes)
8. Trametes versicolor
9. Leocarpus fragilis
10. Cribraria cancellata
11. Eyelash Cup Fungus (Scutellinia)
13. Hericium erinaceus
15. Lachnum virgineum
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