A Few Mushrooms Today

Shaggy stalked bolete (Austroboletus betula).  Cap color can be yellow or orange.  This distinctive stalk makes it easy to identify.

Shaggy stalked bolete (Austroboletus betula). Cap color can be yellow or orange, sometimes bright, sometimes with brown tones. This distinctive stalk makes it easy to identify.

At last!  We found mushrooms today.  Unfortunately, all of them except the shaggy stalk bolete and the orange amanitas were in various stages of decomposition.

Much of the shaggy stalked bolete's long stalk was buried in leaf litter.

Much of the shaggy stalked bolete’s long stalk was buried in leaf litter.

The shaggy stalk bolete is edible, but not great.  We left it to spread its spores and hopefully produce more.

The smooth orange mushrooms (with the white sac-like volvas) MIGHT be American Caesar mushrooms (aka Amanita jacksonii) which are said to be edible and delicious.  However, I’m not willing to bet my life against a horribly painful, long drawn out death to risk eating anything in the amanita family, especially when I am not absolutely certain of my ID.  According to the literature, A jacksonii is supposed to have yellow gills.  These look too white to me.

Orange amanita.  I pulled the leaf litter away to expose the enlarged bulb (ova) at the base.

Orange amanita. I pulled the leaf litter away to expose the enlarged bulb (ova) at the base.

We also saw a group of 2 does and 4 twin fawns. And we found a wild persimmon tree whose unripe ruit has a long way to go before becoming sweet and delicious. The campground is rapidly filling up for the weekend.  But today was relaxed and pleasant.  We met some lovely people, and Sheba made friends young and old.  🙂

This is big brother to the small amanita pictured above. You can see where the partial veil is separating to form a ring around the stalk.

This is big brother to the small amanita pictured above. You can see where the partial veil is separating to form a ring around the stalk.

Here are 5 deer.  I couldn't get the 6th one in the photo.

Here are 5 deer. I couldn’t get the 6th one in the photo.

Wild persimmons

Wild persimmons

Pink, fuzzy baby leaves

Pink, fuzzy baby leaves

‘Tis the Season – for Mushrooms

Crimson waxy cap -- [i]Hygrocybe punicea[i]

Crimson waxy cap — Hygrocybe punicea (Sorry – no italics in captions)

We have had dozens of different kinds of mushrooms sprout up in our yard lately, ranging from tiny little things that are barely 1/2″ across to huge caps that are 7-8″ wide.  I’ve photographed a few of the more interesting ones.

Amanita amerirubescens with partial veil

Amanita amerirubescens with partial veil covering the gills

My identifications are tentative.  I have a request in at my mushroom board for confirmation.  I’ll correct any errors later.

Translation:  Do not trust my identification!  🙂

I always worry that Sheba will decide to play with the amanitas and poison herself.  Once she caught one in her teeth and threw it in the air, but thankfully she did not eat it.  The dogs seem to understand that they are not to be eaten.

I think this is an amanita citrina f citrina.  Confirmation pending.

I think this is an amanita citrina f citrina. Confirmation pending. (Corrected: it’s an Amanita praecox.)

We are actually getting glimpses of blue sky today, with an occasional peek of sunshine!

I plan to start on the Casita curtains later today.  Hope to have them hung in a couple of days.  I still have to buy mounting hardware

Twin russulas growing by a pine root

Twin russulas growing by a pine root My mushroom board moderator has identified it as Russula compactica, as evidenced by its unpleasant odor.

I haven't identified this cute little guy yet

I haven’t identified this cute little guy yet. (Correction: it’s also a russula, but a different species from the big brown one above.)

Another shot of the unidentified mushroom

Another shot of the cute russula.

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A Walk in the Woods

We started our day with a hearty bacon, eggs and grits breakfast, cooked on the camp stove out on the picnic table.

Greenbrier leaves sport a welcome spot of color in the brown woods

Our neighbors in the next site were leaving today, so we visited with them for a while.  The only other campers close by are partially screened from view.  But not from earshot!  They are not soft spoken and don’t mind broadcasting their personal business!

Ron, Sunny and I took a long walk today.  It felt so good to stretch our legs, climb hills and fill our lungs with crisp, clean air.  I had hoped to get some interesting photos, but basically everything looked like Georgia woods in the winter to me.  Hope you enjoy them anyway.

We’re planning to do steaks on the grill in a little while and light a campfire.  The perfect end to a rich, satisfying day doing —  not much!

This moss was so green that it made me think of Ireland.

More moss

Amanitas

I didn't bring my mushroom books, so have no idea what this is.

Small shelf fungi on a stump

I love the form of this old tree trunk.

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