Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Chicken of the Woods!

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.


  1. that is a very cool mushroom. I wonder how it got that name

    1. It's real name is Laetiporus sulphureus. The reason they call it Chicken of the Woods is because it's an edible mushroom and they say it tastes just like chicken when cooked. Never tried it but I'm actually tempted to try it with this one since it's my mushroom!

  2. Awesome mushroom, I am seeing so many of them this year :-)

  3. How cool. I've never heard of this variety. The colors are great!

  4. Nature is wonderful, the mushroom is awesome!


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