“The Goblet of Fire”

Spores rise from a mushroom.

Sometimes the mundane events of life hide extraordinary phenomena. This award-winning photograph by Sarang Naik shows yellow-brown spores streaming off a mushroom during monsoon season. The plume is abstract and beautiful; you could easily mistake it for the flames of an Olympic torch. But common as they are, the lowly mushroom hides interesting depths. To get their spores to travel further, mushrooms actually generate their own breezes! (Image credit: S. Naik; via Big Picture Competition)

With the Olympics kicking off today, FYFD will follow our usual tradition of Olympic-themed posts for the next couple weeks, so be sure to come back each day for the latest featured sport!

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