‘Tis the Season – for Mushrooms

Crimson waxy cap -- [i]Hygrocybe punicea[i]

Crimson waxy cap — Hygrocybe punicea (Sorry – no italics in captions)

We have had dozens of different kinds of mushrooms sprout up in our yard lately, ranging from tiny little things that are barely 1/2″ across to huge caps that are 7-8″ wide.  I’ve photographed a few of the more interesting ones.

Amanita amerirubescens with partial veil

Amanita amerirubescens with partial veil covering the gills

My identifications are tentative.  I have a request in at my mushroom board for confirmation.  I’ll correct any errors later.

Translation:  Do not trust my identification!  🙂

I always worry that Sheba will decide to play with the amanitas and poison herself.  Once she caught one in her teeth and threw it in the air, but thankfully she did not eat it.  The dogs seem to understand that they are not to be eaten.

I think this is an amanita citrina f citrina.  Confirmation pending.

I think this is an amanita citrina f citrina. Confirmation pending. (Corrected: it’s an Amanita praecox.)

We are actually getting glimpses of blue sky today, with an occasional peek of sunshine!

I plan to start on the Casita curtains later today.  Hope to have them hung in a couple of days.  I still have to buy mounting hardware

Twin russulas growing by a pine root

Twin russulas growing by a pine root My mushroom board moderator has identified it as Russula compactica, as evidenced by its unpleasant odor.

I haven't identified this cute little guy yet

I haven’t identified this cute little guy yet. (Correction: it’s also a russula, but a different species from the big brown one above.)

Another shot of the unidentified mushroom

Another shot of the cute russula.

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2 Comments

  1. The rain…never thought about the warmth and moisture would bring you heavenly joy – SWEET! You pictures always so so good! Just more moving and sorting on a hot 90 degree STEAMY day. Feet up and redoing my LIST! Need a new pad of paper :O)

    • Mushroom hunting is fun again. Now to find some yummy edibles, I hope!

      Pretty soon you can head for high elevation and escape all that heat… then head south in winter. It will be worth it! 🙂

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