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This common edible mushroom is usually found on logs or living trees in cool weather after days of rain (or alternately on your grocer's shelf). There is some variability in the color of the top some being brownish and some nearly white and many are oyster colored. The gills run down to a short, wide, off center stem. If they are collected when the temperature is above about 45 degrees F. you are likely to find insects in the flesh. You may note a distinct smell from fresh oyster mushrooms that is neither pleasant or unpleasant.
Pleurotus ostreatus,Oyster Mushroom(Species)
Shooting Location: Long Hunter State Park, Tennessee
Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D Camera, Canon EF180mm F/3.5L Macro USM Lens, 0.6 Sec., f/32.0, ISO=100