yet more cool shrooms

We return to the amazing mushroom walk that happened after a recent Great Big Rain…

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I wandered around under the trees in a daze, happily entranced by the glories nestled among the deep, soft leaves. Every step brought new wonders!

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A super-delicate little shroom. Compare it to the size of the two seedlings. You can see the gills through the cap. It has a scallop-edged ring around the stem.

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Another tiny micro-dome. This one has fabulous fractal fur.

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Above: A contender for favorite photo of this fungi-adventure. The visual space is divided up very artistically. You can see them in different stages of development. The mushrooms themselves are amazingly handsome!

I am pretty sure these brown-scaled beauties are Lepiota rachodes – which are deliciously edible – but I would definitely check the books before having any for dinner.

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A pair of fluorescent shrooms caught in an intimate embrace. These are either Boletus or Suillus, both of which are pore-fungi (no gills). The underside shows the spongy-looking pores where the spores drop.

There are dozens of kinds of orange-red-yellow pore fungi that look a lot like this. All of them are mycorrhizal fungi that exist in mutually beneficial relationship with tree roots. Some are edible, some are poisonous. Do not eat!

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Here is an aging Boletus, falling over in the late stages of decay. The white layer is actually a different kind of fungus, a mold that is the primary decay organism in this case.

Kind of picturesque, no? But wait, let’s go around and look at the cap…

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Mom Nature outdoes herself at every turn.

Next: a tiny jelly bean

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