One of my favorite things about this time of year is mushroom hunting. I always find the prettiest mushrooms in late summer and early fall. My favorite mushroom is the Chicken of the Woods. I just love it's vibrant colors! I actually look at trees as I'm driving to see if I can find one. I never eat the mushrooms, I just love to photograph them.
Since there are woods behind our house I regularly walk along the back of the yard to see if I can spot any, and sometimes I do. A few days ago I walked past my living room window and saw a flash of orange and yellow. I was so excited at the thought that it just might be my favorite mushroom that I quickly grabbed the binoculars and took a look. Yes! It was my favorite mushroom, and it was so big and beautiful. Next, of course I grabbed my camera and ran out the the back of the yard. It's going to be fun to photograph it as it changes. The last one that I found at the dunes and was able to photograph every few days, changed from a plump looking mushroom to what looked like a thin clown ruffle by the end of it's time.