What happens when it starts raining after a period of drought? Out pop the mushrooms.
Today’s six are photos of mushrooms (and various fungi) I encountered on my hikes this week. You can see more photos from gardeners around the world at The Propagator.
I started trying to identify the mushrooms for you, but discovered that I couldn’t, with certainty, positively name these species. There are so many mushrooms that look so much alike! I don’t want to be the cause of a poisonous mushroom-eating tragedy.
Mushrooms Grow on You
Have you ever grown mushrooms? There are mushroom growing kits that you can buy. It seems like a lot of fuss, though, if you can just pick them up at the market.
In the excellent novel, The Book Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez, the description of a man working at a mushroom farm squashed any ambition I might have to grow mushrooms.
This yellow-orange mushroom was growing from the base of a rotted log.
These mushrooms have a pretty, watercolor look to them.
The brains of the bunch! I think this is a type of coral fungus.
These orange can-can girls lined up on the log.
A flying saucer look with a circle of dots caps this mushroom.
These giants are as big as dinner plates. They were growing in the lawn outside of our town hall. I was headed into the building department to get some specs for fences, and I saw these humongous discs! I thought they might be fake, like lawn art. Nope, they were real.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed today’s mushroom blooms. Feel free to offer advice about the I.D. of these species in the comments section below.
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