For a more reasonable ecological understanding, these volumes should be covered in some way, and the only chance for this to happen is that they produce pleasure. And not a theoretical one, but one in contact with natural reality. Theoretical knowledge of any field is quite bland, barren, and I don't see how it can be done in a somewhat serious way… if there is no practical part. The direct contact, in the field, with the mushrooms, can be an impetus to try a scientific knowledge and a naturalistic-photographic presentation that will receive some meaning.
This would mean that once the routes are covered, there will be an opening towards the Subject of Fungi. Some bending with the macro lens near them, some stretching over the dry leaves to make a picture. Browsing through books ce what the hell could it be… discussions with people who could possibly bring some breath into the discussion. Anyway, I think that this subject has some potential, both ecologically-intellectually and artistically-photographically.
To somehow perceive the mysterious way in which they live their lives, how their curious colors and shapes appear, how they manifest visibly in places where you would not expect but where they were present in the substrate for a long time… how they disappear and reappear… how many and more aspects related to their habitats, intimate aspects of ecology… Their role as decomposing saprophytes, which transforms dead organic matter into less complex molecules, is essential in the circuit of matter in ecosystems; if they did not decompose the broken branches, the fallen leaves on the ground, you realize what would result.
And, their metabolic products can be vital to us, as is the penicillin produced by a pathetic mold that saves our lives. Poisonous mushrooms and edible mushrooms, it seems simple. But the situation is much more complex than that. There are mycorrhizal fungi that are in symbiosis with plants, including trees that could not exist without them, from oaks to pines that absorb nutrients through the hyphae of mushrooms and they provide the fungus with the substances it needs; it is interesting to think that oak could not exist without the underground fungi on which its life depends. There are fungi that are part of lichens, but also parasitic species… from those that cause cutaneous mycoses in humans to citridiomycoses that destroy populations and species of amphibians almost around the globe…
And, let's not forget the truffles served in the most luxurious restaurants . The diversity of species is amazing. Macromycete photography is a good start to the foray into mycology; micromycetes can wait.