Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chicken of the Woods

This tree is on the road where we take our daily walk and one day a few weeks ago it sprouted these beautiful mushrooms.

It looks like Chicken of the Woods, a highly desirable edible fungus.

It's really pretty, isn't it?

Here's a better look at the tops.

And here's a better look at the bottoms. 

Pretty much the entire tree was full of them, mostly on the shadiest side of the tree and down at the bottom, which was situated in a low spot and heavily shaded with other growth.   

This is easily a 15 foot stretch of trunk covered with them.

Unfortunately, there was a large quantity of poison ivy growing around there, too, so we let it be.    I've heard these are really tasty and someday I'll find some without the poison ivy and I'll get to try them.

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