About 1 cm long, observed at Scott Creek State Beach near Santa Cruz, CA, in the rock intertidal.
Althought they're an odd color, I believe these are deathcaps. These were probably the most abundant mushroom blooming in Anthony Chabot, or perhaps anywhere, this weekend
Very beautiful black mushrooms, growing under tanoak in El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve in San Mateo county, CA, USA. Lens cap is 5.5 cm in diameter.
First East Bay Stropharia for me!
One of a couple we found. Charming mushrooms.
Kei was taking pics of some sulphur tufts when she said, "I think I might be crazy but I smell garlic." A bit of rooting around in the leaf litter and sure enough, we found the garlic mushrooms! They really are incredibly pungent.
B. truncatus is the other possibility, as far as I can tell, and this definitely didn't have an immediate blue-staining reaction like that species is supposed to.
I got a big book on lichens. We'll see how far I get on this one. Next time I need to bring a hand lens.
Well, the key wasn't terribly useful, but this seems like the right one. Definitely looks a lot like the greener specimens I've seen in photographs.
I fear this vole is not long for this world. For some reason it just sat there as I got closer and closer. Pretty soon it's gonna be an owl pellet.
One little guy under a log. Didn't snap a pic.
I think it's another Ramaria
Again, assuming Ramaria, given the size (> 10 cm), fleshiness, and branching.
Yay! Always wanted to find this. Such an odd little fungus.
Not a great pic, but it shows the noticeable overhang of the male ensatina's upper lip.
I love blue mushrooms. These were new to me! Sort of like a bolete except... not.
I was under the impression this was Boletus edulis (or maybe B. aereus, given that it was under tanoak), but now I'm starting to think that "dirtiness" on teh stem is actually the "scabers" of Leccinum. This isn't the best pic, but you can sort of see how they are elevated on the sides. I didn't notice any particular staining when I was cutting it (thought you can see some blue-grey blush here), it did turn very dark after drying.
Gomphus floccosus was blooming in abundance! It's not edible, and apparently not even closely related to the true chanterelles (or so the Intarwebs tell me), but it is nevertheless an impressive sight to behold.
A new Gomphus for me! Collin found these near some readwoods. The books says they're tasty but usually filled with maggots. It wasn't wrong about the latter, so I opted out of testing the former. Very pretty, though.
Another edible Amanita I have no intention of ever trying. Beautiful though, and they smelled quite nice. Blooming abundantly under one oak.
A supposedly edible Amanita I often find in Huckleberry. I also often find plenty of the closely related Death Caps.
A welcome sight! These were poking up all over the place in moist patches under the oaks.
Down-turned bill. This is the key. Also bigger than the Western and Least sandpipers, though that's pretty hard to see unless you have them side by side.