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Hen of the Woods

Hen of the Woods
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Copyright: John Denk (jpdenk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 3 N: 74] (333)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-04
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED DX AF-S
Exposure: f/11, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mushrooms and Slime Molds of the Chicago Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-09-10 13:28
Viewed: 2801
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hen of the Woods mushrooms, Grifola frondosa. Other common names are Sheep's Head, Ram's Head. The Japanese name, Maitake, is also the commercial name for this choice, edible wild mushroom.

It's a polypore mushroom, with small pores on the underside of the caps. Its spores develop in the pores. The cap color is variable, and it seems that exposure to light may have something to do with cap color. Higher light levels seem to result in darker cap colors. Color ranges from very light gray or tan to very dark brown. In this photo, there were a couple blades of grass that had become stuck in the caps on top, so I removed them for the photo. Where the grass leaves were excluding light from hitting the mushroom, the flesh of the mushroom was pure white, which is why there are some white areas visible in this shot.

This species is a weak pathogen on trees and is typically found growing at the base of hardwoods. Where I live, they are always found on oaks of various species.

They are grown commercially also, and have become popular in some markets. They are also highly valued for their medicinal properties.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
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Hello John,
It's funny I was just thinking about you the other day when I spotted some Meadow Mushrooms in our yard. These are the only ones I dare trust to eat, except for the Spring Morels.
You captured a super image of this light grey Hen of the Woods. I would love to one day try some, as I hear they are excellent to eat.
This particular cluster makes my mouth water, but I would still want en expert with me if I was to ever pick these on my own in the wild. Exceptional detail and perfect white balance. If you ever taught me anything here on TN, it was to check my white balance on ever shot, and I still do this today. Great seeing a post from you again John, Take care!!

Hello John
Beautifully textured fungus, photographed with with good depth of field and excellent detail and light.
regards yiannis

hello John
this is a Beauty of a mushroom
great sharpness good details and beautiful colours
About the flash of my picture,s
i try not used a flash
sometime when it is very dark i used the flash
thanks greeting lou

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