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Copyright: Julia Hollis (Runnerduck) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 57 N: 616] (1851)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-04
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 70-300mm APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-10-06 15:13
Viewed: 6288
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sulphur shelf (Laetiporous sulphureous) is a very easily distinguishable mushroom that grows throughout most of the world. Also known as the chicken of the woods, the chicken mushroom, and the chicken fungus (not to be confused with the hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa)). It is, as one might expect, an edible mushroom with a taste quite similar to lemony chicken. Individual "shelves" range from 2-10 inches across. These shelves are made up of many tiny tubular filaments (hyphae). The mushroom grows in large brackets - some have been found that weigh over 100 pounds (45 kg). It is most commonly found on wounds of trees, mostly oak, though it is also frequently found on yew, cherry wood, sweet chestnut, and willow. Though it does grow off of a living tree, sulphur shelf is not a parasite, though it may cause decay.

Young mushrooms are characterized by a moist, rubbery, sulphur-yellow body with bright orange tips. Older mushrooms become pale and brittle, pungent, and are often dotted with termite holes. About half of the population has an allergic reaction to this type of mushroom, with cases being more pronounced in older mushrooms. Due to all of these factors, the mushroom should generally only be eaten when young, and one should always only try a small amount the first time. Similar species include Laetiporous gilbertsonii (fluorescent orange, more amorphous) and L. coniferica (common in the western United States, especially on red fir trees). Both share the same edibility traits.

The sulphur shelf mushroom is, to stretch the term, a perennial - it comes back year after year. From late spring to early autumn, the sulphur shelf thrives, making it a boon to mushroom hunters and a bane to those concerned about the health of their trees. Rarely, however, does the fungus prove fatal to its host, though it may cause its host tree to decay to the point where wind or hail could knock it down.

The mushroom can be prepared in almost any way that one can prepare chicken. Additionally, it can be frozen for long periods of time. In certain parts of Germany and North America, it is even considered a delicacy. Despite the apparent ease of identification, extreme care should be taken on identification if one intends to eat any mushroom, as many species are toxic and potentially fatal poisoning can occur.


I nearly didn’t post this image because of the distractions in the BG, but I gave in because this is the best ‘COTW’ I have ever found. It was on a tree in my local church yard.

Thank you for taking the time to look.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-06 15:17]

Lovely colours on this funghi, nice textures and good DOF.



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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-06 15:29]

Excelente POV para mostrar en detalles estos hermosos hongos Julia.
Muy buena agudeza, color y DOF con adecuado uso del flash.
Una bonita presentación.
TFS y saludos... Ricardo

Excellent POV to show in details these beautiful mushrooms Julia.
Very good sharpness, color and DOF with appropriate use of the flash.
A nice presentation.
TFS and greetings... Ricardo

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-06 15:38]

Very beautiful detailed close-up of this fungus! Terrific colour!
TFS, Ulla

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-10-06 15:47]

Piękny okaz , fajne sfotografowany. Po naszemu Zółciak siarkowy.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-10-06 15:51]

Hi Julia,

Well presented and photographed. Excellent lighting, colors and details.


Agradable composición la de estos hongos contra el árbol. Estupendos los colores y muy útil tu nota informativa.
Un saludo.

Excellent exposure, beautiful composition and imaculate specimen.
My compliments, with the notes this is a superb work.
Thanks, Julia.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-10-07 0:43]
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Hello Julia,
You chicken mushroom remember mine on TN but yours is bigger ;-) Young is edible, did you taste ?
Exposure, colors, sharpness and DOF are good. Congratulations and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-07 2:03]

Hello Julia,
Nice presentation of a bracket fungus that is new to me. Fine comp and good DOF. I like the colours.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-07 4:04]

Hi Julia

Wow! Lava on trees! :))
This really looks great. I especially like the contrast between the fungi and the tree itself.
Lovely colros and very shap details are also key components of this very beautiful composition.
Great work!

Bravo and TFS

Jolie prise de vue bien colorée.
Bonne journée.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-07 4:46]

Hello Julia,
Very nice and interesting capture.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.POV,colors and framing are wonderful.Well seen and composed.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-10-08 14:29]

cool and colorful capture, julia! :-)
mushrooms are not so common on TN and i don´t remember seeing
such a beautiful one before.
great detailed close-up showing the interesting texture and
the orange-yellow-lines.
well seen & done, thorsten.

Very well done Julia.
Perfect color, exposure, & composed well.
Very good DOF & POV also.
I like the soft texture and contours I see in your sulphur shelf too :)

Belloss colores y excelentes texturas de este "Chicken of the Woods", excelente composición. Un cordial saludo

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-11-19 14:27]
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Well, I tried eating some earlier this year and I mst admit I didn't get much of a lemon chicken flavour! Maybe I cooked it wrong or it was the wrong fungi!

Nice shot Julia, interesting colours. Maybe a closer in view with just the fungi would have been nice too. Well done.

Good compo, colorfull and detailed,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-22 9:08]

Hello Julia,
this composition looks very nice, I like the POV and the crop it does show off this mushroom very well. You captured its details very well, DOF sharpness and colors are wonderful.
Very well done.

hi Julia,

very pretty this splendid mushroom colors in more one little eating it; -) well played cheer


Hi Julia ,
great focus and beautiful colors.
great sharpness too.
well composed.
thanks for sharing
best wishes

Bonjour Julia
Elle est superbe cette prise de vue en Macro de ce superbe champignon.La présentation est trčs jolie,les couleurs,les détails et l'éclairage sont parfaits.
Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie...JP
Les sourires demain

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