Good stand, may attract butterflies.
Introduced for drugstore fishermen.
Several mixed in with red eared sliders.
Drake in eclipse.
With Red-eared Sliders.
In flock of RW males.
Erupting in mid-June in hot dry weather. Spore print chocolatey brown. No ring, lightly scaled stalk.
Inky Cap (Coprinopsis atramentaria), Walnut Creek, California
Though edible these mushrooms contain coprine which blocks acetaldehyde dehydrogenase which is involved in the metabolism of ethanol. Without functioning acetaldehyde dehydrogenase the body builds up the "hangover molecule" acetaldehyde in the blood leading the person to feel horrible. It won't kill you, but like a bad hangover you might wish you were dead. Coprine takes about 3-5 days to pass out of the body, so if you eat them, don't drink any booze for at least that amount of time.
Bird's Nest Fungus (Cyathus olla), Concord, California
I'm not 100% sure about this id, so if you think its something else, let me know.
previously named Stropharia riparia, but 2014 paper now puts it in Leratiomyces riparius
Large dull red caps pushing through oak duff. Spore pad orange and quickly staining blue when touched.
Cap shaggy, white gills, smooth stem with nice veil. Bulb at the bottom of stem. Fishy odor to the cap. Top to bottom approximately 10 inches. Found where grass meets duff from a few different trees.
If you have an idea of what it might be let me know.