A Midsummer Heat’s Mushroom
The Oyster Mushroom shows up frequently throughout the year in Illinois--always sprouting from dead wood (including on the ground above the buried roots of trees)--beginning in the spring until the absolute dead of winter.
During those miserably hot days of summer, when the garden needs watering daily, it would seem no mushroom could pop up anywhere. But somewhere out in nature, perhaps near a creek on a damp log, the omnipresent and reliable Oyster Mushroom is fruiting, just as it does nearly all year. If you look, you will find your share.
But you do have to look.
Pick Your Own Mushrooms.

Participate in Nature.