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By Ukulele_Lady
Came across this today in the same woods as my earlier puffballs ('Mission Accomplished') and feel reasonably confident in identifying it as Sparassis crispa or 'Cauliflower Fungus'. If so, it is really good to eat but according to my books is past its prime as ideally it is best picked when creamy white.

It measures about 6" in diameter and 5" high, and is perched atop a pine tree stump.

Tags: Fungi Mushrooms Autumn Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: nglen, D4VE, ron thomas and 5 more

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nglen 14 42 1 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2007 7:52PM
Hi Looks good to eat . you have captured a good low POV with natural colours. and good detail.
leons29 14 South Africa
9 Dec 2007 11:03AM
Very well captured, love the angle, great colours
1 Jan 2008 7:57PM
Thanks for your comments/votes. Have just seen Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall cook one of these on TV this evening so I look forward to returning to the same spot later this year to collect a tasty specimen with a bit of luck!

22 Jan 2008 4:28PM
You lucky thing finding one of those!! I've always wanted to try one. My friend found one once, but it was full of earwigs and unrescuable. Oh well!!
Kim Walton 18 145 30 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2008 9:57PM
This is a good one,nice low and lots of detail.
Try going in really close for an abstract.
Then fry it in butter and garlic!

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