Returning to an old theme of how much life there is teeming underground, here is a stylized portrayal of mychorrhizae, the intimate symbiotic relationships between trees and mycelia (fungal “roots”). Most of us learn that plants get their nutrition from photosynthesis, but fungi also play a crucial role, especially for young trees which can’t get enough sunlight. Such trees are “fed” underground, by mycelium which brings them nutrients photosynthesized in other trees. In this way, the mycelium becomes “sunlight by proxy”.
(Commissioned by Mushroom, The Journal of Wild Mushrooming.)
More ink drawings here.