Yes, a couple would not win a beauty contest! These were interesting to me because none were familiar, perhaps because of the time of year, the elevation at which they grow or the general area, which I have just begun to explore. After the weather front that has just moved in, they all are probably under a coat of snow right now.
Such variety! The third photo looks remarkably like the little meringue “mushrooms” dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with hazelnuts a local bakery produces. The last two photos remind me of lithops, the strange “living stones” succulent. They can’t be, of course – too wet and too cold for lithops in your area. But they’re equally interesting.
Yes, there is a huge variety of ‘shrooms and lichens too. If I ever get around to it perhaps I can study more of them. I fault myself for focusing so miuch on wildflowers and so little on ‘shrooms and lichens.
I am not at all knowledgeable about mushrooms and therefore am very shy about eating them. I am comfortable only with giant puffballs and morels. Come to think of it, I saw little sign of any wildlife feeding on these, so I would guess that none of the group is edible. (I wonder how the animals know???)
Some of those are huge! Are those ones growing up the side of the tree or what? I never saw anything like that. I always imagine all the little fairies living under the toadstools although I’m sure there is plenty of miniscule life under them in reality
That’s a rather poor camera angle: the tree is lying down on a steep hillside and the mushrooms are growing along side of it. They are huge, the largest the size of a small dinner plate. I will try next year to concentrate more on mushrooms. There are different varieties growing at different times and in different conditions.
Hi Montucky, Some, like the orange-colored ones, are quite beautiful. Others look pretty but not beautiful. I dislike eating mushrooms, not because of toxins but because of their taste and texture. Just my own peculiar taste. Have a great coming week!