Bad grammar but it has a rhythm. 🙂
Fungi are such interesting organisms and are essential to the ecology and success of plants. The mycorrhizal association they have with plants is one of mutual benefit. Fungi break down minerals and share them while plants offer food through photosynthesis. Much as the honey bee is essential to our food supply, mushrooms signal health in our soils.
Many mushrooms offer us tasty morsels, but not so most, if not all, Amanitas. This one, Amanita muscaria (Fly Agaric), is not the deadliest of them, but it can still prove fatal despite the good looks and is to be avoided. However, we are always happy to see these pop up in the yard and this year we have a nice group of them gracing the yard below some hemlocks.Eventually they will open fully into what we think of as toadstools. The larger one here has done so, but the cap has split and isn’t all that attractive. As a self-described intimate nature photographer, I did have to produce a portrait of one.I have seen some from European photographers that are brilliantly red all over the cap, but never around here. Still, this is the brightest of the species I have seen so am quite happy with this.