Spore Print Orchid

Isn’t this beautiful? I’m still not sure how I got so lucky. This spore print was developed from an oyster mushroom that I actually grew at home! Yes, you too can grow your own mushrooms. Once it got big enough I carefully detached it from its growing medium and cut near the top of the cap without touching the gills of the cap and accidentally releasing any spores. This was an oyster mushroom so I kind of had an idea that black would be a good contrast and placed the cap on a dark paper background, under cover (to prevent any stray drafts of air from disturbing my print) overnight to release its beautiful spores.

In the morning, happy days. Mushrooms. Who knew? There is beauty in everything if you look deep enough.