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"Chicken of the Woods" Mushroom (Laetiporus sulphureus) Spore on Fallen Mossy Tree Trunk

Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, Clifton, Ohio

"We don't stop hiking because we grow old - we grow old because we stop hiking” - Finis Mitchell

This large and otherworldly-looking edible mushroom gets its name from tasting like chicken. Other common names include the chicken mushroom and sulphur shelf. While I am no expert at shrooming, My first sight of this was easy due to its' bright orange appearance. The Latin name Laetiporus means "with bright pores".

Technically speaking, this image wasn't taken under the best conditions. A torrential downpour of rain made for a very miserable morning. The humidity and moisture caused condensation to built up on the lens creating the foggy look you see here around the frame. Only so much of that fog and haze can be removed in post processing, as well as upping the contrast. Maybe the haze adds an interesting aesthetic to that image, you decide?

The photo was taken with a small telephoto and shallow depth of field looking straight down the fallen tree trunk. The image capture was made on the interconnected trail from Clifton Gorge to John Bryan State Park. Having parked at Clifton Gorge, I hiked my way into John Bryan despite the rainfall. Sometimes you have to press on through difficulties to find a way out.

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