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Wisconsin Fungi 2-Chicken Mushroom by Trey Foerster

October 2021 - Wisconsin Fungi 2-Chicken Mushroom

October 2021 - Trey Foerster


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The Chicken Mushroom is known in Wisconsin by the moniker Chicken of the Woods or COW. Its Latin name is Laetiporus sulphureas and grows on stumps, trunks, and logs of trees. The overlapping clusters can grow to be from 5 to 50. It is edible and tastes like chicken but if too old it can cause allergic reactions such as swollen lips. It's a beautiful fungus especially when attached to a decaying stump, which has a variety of colors and textures which contrast with it. Tech stuff: ISO 100, f/11, manual exposure, center weighted average metering, 56mm focal length. Early September in Wisconsin, USA, is the time to hunt for woodland fungi and I spent three weeks venturing to various locations and shot a series of different woodland varieties. I also came across YouTube vids about Stephen Axford (Planet Fungi) from NSW, Australia, which was very “enlightening” about this genre of photography. Standard RAW processing through LR then PS, then into TopazStudio for several presets, back into LR for gradient filters, then finishing in PS with dodging and burning.

1 comment posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Lovely shot. You got a good sample, hanging in waves from the side of the tree. I get this every fall in my yard growing on the base of one of my oak trees--I am told they like to grow on oaks.   Posted: 10/15/2021 12:21:46


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