In 2011 it seemed you could not take 20 steps in an oak forest without encountering another hen-of-the-woods
at the base of an oak tree--sometimes five or six of them
Then there's hen-of-the-woods
(Grifola frondosa), also commonly known as maitake.
Maitake or Hen-of-the-woods
, Grifola frondosa (Dicks.
There is no mistaking hen-of-the-woods
, chicken-of-the-woods, morels, chanterelles, Boletus edulis, shaggy mane, purple-spored puffball and Suillus pictus.
Rain from the recent northeaster sprouted many delicious clusters of Suillus, chicken-of-the-woods, hen-of-the-woods
and Clavaria mushrooms, especially around oak trunks and stumps.
I love easily identified morels, chanterelles, boletes, clavarias, hen-of-the-woods
, chicken-of-the-woods, suillus and certain puff-balls.