A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Oyster Mushrooms

I discovered this log nurturing these Oyster Mushrooms while on a trail run.  I went back the next day with camera, macro lens and tripod.  I went back a second day too.

There is a sensuality to these fungi.

The same mushroom that I just happened to photograph on two separate days. 
 I like the second image better.

Here are two separate individuals that together look like a clam shell rather than an oyster.

The sunlight briefly broke through a hole in the forest canopy and I hastily went about setting up the tripod knowing it wouldn't last long.  I accidentally tripped the shutter while focusing and this is the result.  By the time I was fully set  up and had the remote shutter release ready, the light changed and moment was gone.

I understand that these are an edible variety of mushroom.  I hope people leave them alone for others to enjoy; it is a State Park after all.

I have more to show. 
We are to have a few days of rain starting tonight and this will spark more mushroom and fungi growth in my neighboring woodland.

This is linked to Weekly Top Shot
and Lisas Chaos


  1. They are truely beautiful. If I had seen that one that looks like a clam in isolation I would have believed that it was a clam. Your photos show why they are named after oysters.

  2. Beautiful mushrooms! I too like the second last picture more, in which the two mushrooms together give the feeling of a shell, nature is wonderful always!

  3. Ce champignon délicat semble habillé de voiles de tulle , photos superbes

  4. Excellent photos! I love macros. The clamshell one is my favorite.

  5. very pretty and delicate looking.

  6. The photos are so beautiful. You can see every detail. You must have laid down flat on the ground.

  7. I don't think I've ever seen oysters with stalks before. Interesting!

  8. Sinbad! hi! i! hi!

    which is which? who is talking in the 'complete profile'? is it the cat named sinbad or the man named sinbad?

    set the record straight, please?

    'ither way have a nice time til i return on monday. there.

  9. Hi John...Wow these are gorgeous!!!
    Nice detail shots and that last one is just magical!!

  10. I have never thought of a mushroom as beautiful... only something good to eat. But you changed all that today. Your pictures are beautiful.

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  12. Didn't realize that mushrooms could be so pretty! Nice shots~

  13. You got some beautiful macros there!! I love the ones where you have the sun coming through the mushrooms, between the gills (or whatever they are called)!!

  14. These are really beautiful!

  15. SO delicate and beautiful! Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #57!

  16. The Oyster muschrooms are really beautiful!
    Great shots!

  17. Belíssimas, parabéns!beijos,chica

  18. All are well done...but I'm especially taken with the 4th and 5th shots!!!


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