Happy Thanksgiving! See our photo gallery of Turkey Tails discovered in Birmingham’s forests

In celebration of Thanksgiving Day, photo of a Turkey Tails taken in and around Birmingham. Photo by Vitaly Charny, photographer and co-author of the book Butterflies of Alabama

Ok, let’s face it.  By the end of Thanksgiving Day 2018, after spending the entire morning and early afternoon cooking and eating, you need time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and fall colors.

For a little Thanksgiving Day “opt-outside inspiration,  Vitaly Charny, co-author of Butterflies of Alabama,  has graciously provided Bham Now  a collection of his photos of Turkey Tails he has found in forests around the Magic City.

What are Turkey Tails

So what are Turkey Tails?


From Wikipedia:

Trametes versicolor – also known as Coriolus versicolor and Polyporus versicolor – is a common polypore mushroom found throughout the world. Meaning ‘of several colours’, versicolor reliably describes this fungus that displays different colors. For example, because its shape and multiple colors are similar to those of a wild turkey, T. versicolor is commonly called turkey tail.

The Turkey Tails fungus is also used to support overall health and natural immunity.


One thing we do know about Turkey Tails, they are like snowflakes. They are all different from each other and beautiful.

Enjoy and thank you Vitaly!

In celebration of Thanksgiving Day, photo of a Turkey Tails taken in and around Birmingham. Photo by Vitaly Charny, photographer and co-author of the book Butterflies of Alabama
In celebration of Thanksgiving Day, photo of a Turkey Tails taken in and around Birmingham. Photo by Vitaly Charny, photographer and co-author of the book Butterflies of Alabama
In celebration of Thanksgiving Day, photo of a Turkey Tails taken in and around Birmingham. Photo by Vitaly Charny, photographer and co-author of the book Butterflies of Alabama
In celebration of Thanksgiving Day, photo of a Turkey Tails taken in and around Birmingham. Photo by Vitaly Charny
In celebration of Thanksgiving Day, photo of a Turkey Tails taken in and around Birmingham. Photo by Vitaly Charny
In celebration of Thanksgiving Day, photo of a Turkey Tails taken in and around Birmingham. Photo by Vitaly Charny
In celebration of Thanksgiving Day, photo of a Turkey Tails taken in and around Birmingham. Photo by Vitaly Charny
In celebration of Thanksgiving Day, photo of a Turkey Tails taken in and around Birmingham. Photo by Vitaly Charny
In celebration of Thanksgiving Day, photo of a Turkey Tails taken in and around Birmingham. Photo by Vitaly Charny
In celebration of Thanksgiving Day, photo of a Turkey Tails taken in and around Birmingham. Photo by Vitaly Charny

Find more Turkey Tails

Want to find your own Turkey Tails? Last week, Bham Now published a story about places to take a hike in Birmingham. Re-visit that story, and after your Thanksgiving dinner, take a hike with family and friends.


Maybe you will see a few Turkey Tails along the trail.

 

 

 

 

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.