Fungus

Wikipedia defines fungus as “A fungus (/ˈfʌŋɡəs/; plural: fungi[3] or funguses[4]) is any member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds (British English: moulds), as well as the more familiar mushrooms.”

Funguses are very useful. They help create the bread and beer we eat and drink.  They also do a great job of breaking down and decaying organisms, such as trees that have fallen etc.,

One of the downsides of living in a humid environment ( such as Ecuador)  is that fungus grows quickly and on many surfaces.

When I lived in Tokyo I noticed that many camera stores sold “refrigerators”  (basically humidity and temperature controlled boxes) for storing your camera equipment in.http://www.amazon.com/electronic-automatic-digital-control-Humidity/dp/B00870N90S  I wish I had such a box, because I  now have mold and fungus in my lenses.

It is expensive to have removed from the inside of the glass, and the glass will never be the same.  I will likely be tossing my less expensive lenses because they would not be worth the expense of cleaning.

 

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