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The Jelly Ear fungus Auricular auricula judae grows commonly on elder branches throughout the year. The tan-coloured, gelatinous ‘ears’ have greyish downy hairs. Its latin name is thought to be a corruption of ‘Judas’s ear’ derived from the belief that Judas Iscariot hung himself from an elder tree. The fungus is edible and should be gathered while still soft.

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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