It would look great in a martini, but I think it would probably kill the person who drank it. I thought it was a death angel (ammonita type) at first but the death angel is a bit sturdier. Sure makes the forest floor look beautiful. (I don’t HAVE to eat everything in sight!)
There are only two that I can positively identify as safe to eat, morels and giant puffballs. The rest I admire at a distance. I saw on the news that several people died recently from eating mushrooms.
It’s that time of year. Here on Vancouver Island I mainly pick chanterelles because that’s the most common one. Even people who know their mushrooms have made the mistake of putting a “lookalike” in their collection bag and getting sick (or worse) because of contamination from the bad one to the good ones. You have to be very careful with mushrooms. Sounds like you know to stick to the ones you can positively identify. Smart.
The white ones are lovely. They look as though they should be part of the set of “The Nutcracker”! I must say – the very mention of morels makes me long for the woods. There’s nothing better, dredged in flour and then sauteed in butter. Yum!
A few springtimes ago I came across a trove of morels in the woods only a few miles from home. We went back with a couple of bags and gathered several pounds of them (still leaving plenty in place for reproduction). Then we cooked them and invited some native plant friends over to help us eat what we couldn’t eat ourselves. I haven’t run across a single morel anywhere since then, unfortunately.
I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a frost-covered mushroom, or even a photograph (like your first) of the combination. It’s not something I’m likely to see down here in the much warmer climate of central Texas, but I can always hope.
It was a bad summer for them here too. We had a very wet spring, then a draught for a month and a half followed by frequent rain since. Some were able to grow before the cold weather though so maybe they will be OK next year.