I don’t forage, so these had nothing to fear from me and I wasn’t going to deprive all those spores of their destinies. But there are a few mushrooms that are unmistakable even to a layperson like me.
This is Chicken of the Woods (and a few other names) -Laetiporus-sulphureus that beaconed to me while I was hiking in Quabbin. Kind of hard to miss. Silent though, with not a cluck to be heard.
For this and many others, especially yesterday’s post, I have to kneel or lie down for the proper angle. After a few days of that I have to run my stuff through the washer and then hang it out on the line to dry. While doing that on Monday, I noticed these mushrooms next to the grill of all places. I was unaware of their edibility until I researched their species and read about it. Again, they get to live out their days in my yard without fear. 🙂
Purple-gilled Laccaria-Laccaria ochropurpurea.
And lastly, for now, a favorite puffball that I found a short distance from the Pinewood Gingertails in North Quabbin.
Gem-studded Puffballs (also the possessor of a few other names)-Lycoperdon perlatum. These have appeared here before, as have Chicken of the Woods, and quite a few years ago we had them in our small woods behind the yard. There were quite a few of these in the spot, but this was the only three-headed clump.