Artist Conks or Shelf Mushrooms

Spotted these one day on my way home from work. 

When I googled "fungus growth on trees" an image came up that was close so I went to the page and they identified them as Artist Conks or Shelf Mushrooms.  Apparently artist use them to draw and paint on.

They look pretty close to what I found but if I am wrong.....please anyone correct me.












This last one was down at the base of the tree almost on the ground. 




They were pretty good size, probably about 6-7 inches long and maybe 5 inches wide. 

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Comments

Happy New year, Felicia! Such unusual fungi! They almost look like wood.
Cloudia said…
Fairy condos!


Warm ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
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annie said…
amazing aren't they? great photos Felicia!
Linda W. said…
We have these in our forests too. Never thought to find out the name - thanks to you, now I know!
Janice Adcock said…
I've seen them only in pictures.
Linley S said…
They make great shelves for the elves.
Britta said…
Good morning Feli,

wounderful macros from mushrooms!
I like your close up's!
Have i rigt understand you have no nmae of these mussrooms?
This it was i find:
http://www.wiseacre-gardens.com/mushroom/birch-polypore.html

Have a nice monday!
Hugs Britta
Gunilla Bäck said…
Beautiful photos of these fascinating mushrooms. Have a great week!
Stephanie said…
These fungi are gorgeous!
Hannah said…
I like the dark rings on the edges of the shelf fungi, and the white vertical cracks, they make interesting effects.
Stewart M said…
They are great - we used to call very similar ones 'bracket fungi' in the UK - but there are some many species of fungi it would be the same type!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne
Gosia k said…
Felicia your photos are very nice. At my place in the forests shelf mushrooms are very popular in the forest.
Great macros! :)
That looks like leather - is it possible to dry it?
【ツ】Knipsa

A Quiet Corner said…
I too just learned about them...ours here are a lot whiter underneath, though...:)JP
Revrunner said…
These are wonderful. If I was a painter, these would be my subject. :-)
Gemma Wiseman said…
Intriguing how these mushrooms grow as a horizontal shape. They look like stepping stones for squirrels.
eileeninmd said…
Great macros shots! I like Cloudia's name for them Fairy condo's..

Have a happy day and new week ahead!
The breadth of life in nature never fails to amaze me.
Bethany Carson said…
Those are pretty impressive mushrooms!
TexWisGirl said…
i remember seeing some paintings done on some at a craft show or something once. neat!
Primitive Stars said…
I love those, look like stairs up the tree trunk. We had some at the lake like that, so beautiful Felicia. Blessings Francine.
Debby Ray said…
Wow...these are largest ones of these I have seen! I have some trees with small ones shaped like this but these things are HUGE! Awesome shots!
ladyfi said…
What lovely mushroom tables! Nice shots.
That is pretty doggone amazing. I am so glad you saw them and then shared your find with all of us. Cool
don said…
I've never seen anything close to mushroom this size. A very interesting series.
Villrose said…
Nice finds and macros!
Linda said…
Those are impressive! Nice shots!
NatureFootstep said…
interesting use of this fungi. Even nature is a fine artist :)
maryaustria said…
Impressive mushrooms! I like their pattern! Great shots!
Amy Franks said…
oh how cool! I wonder if you can eat them?
Karen S. said…
Amazing captures! I like Cloudia's comment!
Brian King said…
Very cool! I've seen similar ones on trees here.
Pamela Gordon said…
These are nice conks! I did a post on them a while back. I researched them and found they are a sign that the tree is dead or dying and can be weakened to the point of breaking and should be cut down. Kind of sad to know that. I was at a craft show before Christmas and an artist had done a lot of drawings on conks and was selling them. They are really interesting to see.
A fascinating sight to see but sorry to hear it might mean the demise of a tree.
Bill said…
We have them in our part of the world. They can be quite striking. Excellent shots!
Leovi Leovi said…
Wonderful pictures, I like these mushrooms, awesome!
I saw some like that once over in the Everglades, but didn't know the name. Amazing things.
Tom said…
I love the brown tops, often I find the white ones. Great images as always Felicia. Tom The Backroads Traveller
RA Berks said…
That's neat how they grow like that!
Valerie said…
Wow - these are fantastic shots! Thanks for researching their ID; I've often wondered.
Tammie Lee said…
they are huge! they would have caught my attention too!
Great shots Felicia, we have those around here too but I never thought to look up what they were called, thanks!
Hilde said…
impressive! and great pictures!!!