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The Velvet Shank or ‘Winter mushroom’ Flammulina velutipes is often seen fruiting throughout light snowfall and is even known to continue growth after it has thawed from freezing. Its fruiting season extends from October to April. This saprotrophic species grows in dense clusters or tufts on hardwood trees and stumps.

Photograph by Alex Hyde

About Alex Hyde

Alex Hyde is one of Britain’s leading exponents of close-up nature photography. His award-winning images portray a hidden world of extraordinary beauty. “To this day I delight in revealing tiny details of subjects that would be missed by the naked eye. Many of my pictures involve photographing moving subjects smaller than a grain of rice. Nature provides me with an endless array of fascinating subjects.”

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