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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Chicken of the Woods

We discovered this gigantic mushroom while walking around our property one morning. It wasn't there the day before, but grew to a 2.5ft diameter overnight! Apparently, it is a well known fungus, commonly referred to as Chicken of the Woods because it flesh tastes kind of like chicken. Doesn't everything?

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Date Taken: 05.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States of America
Copyright: © Heather Stafford