|Oyster Mushrooms With Attitude!|
|Oyster mushrooms like these are a common sight along creeks in fall and winter.|
|Even a little rain provides enough moisture
for wild mushrooms to sprout and grow.
|Oyster mushrooms grow in a broad variety of shapes and sizes.|
|Often fully expressing themselves along lengths of rotting logs.|
|Some in growth patterns that conform to the contours of their host.|
|More than a hand's width broad and tall, they strain to reach the light.|
|Rotting logs can host scores of oyster mushrooms
in various stages of development.
|Beautifully arranging themselves to make the most of the forest's filtered sunlight.|
|They are also found high up on the bark of
living trees where they thrive in great numbers.
|In addition to oyster mushrooms, other varieties of fungi favor creek-fed canyons.|
|Artist Conks grow near the base of living trees and slowly expand for years.|
|Their tough, wood-like texture deters insects
and provides insulation in all weather.
|Fallen leaves and other creek-side debris
decompose to provide nutrients for mushroom spores.
|Honey mushrooms like this one are often
found growing very near the water's edge.
|Decomposing leaves become compost for next year's crop of wild mushrooms.|
|A pair of Puff Balls erupt through the rich compost of the forest floor.|
To see more of our native mushrooms, enter the forest.
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