Before nature interrupted this nature blog with its show of colorful leaves and frosty flowers I was hunting for more fall mushrooms. What follows are a few of those I found. If you wear glasses you might want to keep them handy, because some of these mushrooms are quite small. These worm like coral fungi (Clavaria fragilis) were just about the size of toothpicks.
This puffball was blue. I can’t even guess why. These two couldn’t have grown much closer together. I think the coral fungus might be cockscomb coral (Clavulina cristata.) The mushroom looks like one of the amanitas, some of which are deadly.
These lemon drops (Bisporella citrina) start out orb or disc shaped like in the photo, and then become cup shaped as they age. None of those shown was larger than a pencil eraser. I put a nickel on this pine dye polypore (Phaeolus schweinitzii) so you could see how big it was. It was about dinner plate size. I’ve never seen this one, but I loved the colors in it. Pholiota squarrosoides doesn’t seem to have a common name but can be recognized by their scaly, slimy caps. These were growing out of a crack in a log. This bracket fungus is one of the most showy that I’ve seen. I can’t find its identity.
Quite often if I see a purple mushroom the woods are full of them. The same is true with orange mushrooms, but for some reason yellow mushrooms usually appear singly as this one did. I think this might be a Hygrocybe ceracea, which is one of the wax cap mushrooms.
Even mushroom experts agree that small brown mushrooms can be hard to identify so they are often lumped into a category known as LBMs, or little brown mushrooms. Little brown mushrooms are found everywhere and in all seasons. Some, like the Galerinas, can be deadly, so they are a good thing to stay away from.
A Connecticut woman just poisoned herself and her entire family by feeding them mushrooms she picked in her back yard. Doctors say that they are lucky to be alive. If you are interested you can read the story by clicking here.
People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering ~ Augustine
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