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The Art of Decay

Photograph by Peter Essick

Fungus spreads like lacework across leaves on the floor of the Amazon forest in Brazil, part of the daily drama of death and decay of carbon-based matter. Bacteria and fungi play prominent roles in the carbon cycle, and are responsible for giving off most of the carbon dioxide that reenters the atmosphere. When bacteria and fungi feed on fallen leaves and woody material, they release carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide also issues from respiration of living plants and animals.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type: Unrecorded
Lens: 180mm macro
Speed and F-Stop: 1 second @  f/16
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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