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This bright orange fungus drew my attention away from the model I was working with that rainy day… Sorry Trish!

“Laetiporus is a genus of edible mushrooms found throughout much of the world. Some species are commonly known as sulphur shelf, chicken of the woods, the chicken mushroom, quesadilla of the woods, or the chicken fungus because many think they taste like chicken.” Quoted from Wikipedia.

PENTAX K20D, Sigma Macro 70mm F2.8
ISO 400
1/15 second, hand held, employing the built in Shake Reduction system


Stephen Beattie is a full time fine art photographer living in Burlington, VT. His BA is from St. Lawrence University and his MBA is from UVM. His preferred subjects are waterfalls, models, animals, Vermont landscapes, and scenes in National Parks.

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  • S .
    S .over 3 years ago

    great shot.. awesome work this is great !

  • Thank you very much! I appreciate your kind words. :-)

    – Stephen Beattie

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture…love the vivid colors Stephen

  • Thank you, Larry! These mushrooms stood out from 75’ away… :-)

    – Stephen Beattie

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 3 years ago

    Nice shot, but poor Trish…. second fiddle to a fungus!!

  • She was laughing at me! :-) Thank you, John!

    – Stephen Beattie

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you, Ray!

    – Stephen Beattie

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 3 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thank you, Rick! :-)

    – Stephen Beattie

  • bazcelt
    bazceltover 3 years ago

    Wow that’s awesome Stephen! Colours so striking.

  • Thank you very much! I wouldn’t have believed the color if I hadn’t seen it myself! :-)

    – Stephen Beattie

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpoleover 3 years ago

    My YELLOW features for the week include your image. Congratulations.

  • Thank you very much, Karen! That’s awesome! :-)

    – Stephen Beattie

  • relayer51
    relayer51over 3 years ago

    Excellent capture Stephen, I know from my own capture of this wonderful fungi just how vibrant they are. This one is stunning ,great work. Kind regards mark.

  • Thank you, Mark! I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it myself! :-)

    – Stephen Beattie

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...over 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Your beautiful image has been Featured and you might like to consider entering it into the September Features Challenge
    Kind regards from Esther

  • Thank you, Esther! I will! :-)

    – Stephen Beattie

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 3 years ago

    Yum Yum Yum! In more ways then….er……one?
    Gorgeous capture Stephen…I’ve not yet eaten this variety but have dined many times on it’s close relative. How beautiful

  • Thank you, Carla! :-) Everything I’ve read says this should be edible, but I didn’t try it!

    – Stephen Beattie

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