It doesn't matter. What, to me, is important about these mushrooms is that they are beautiful. So here's the lot. (For size, compare the bits of moss and the evergreen needles, about 1 to 1.5 inches long.)
|Very small, gilled mushrooms, growing on mossy rocks under Douglas fir.|
|This one's cap has the texture of an orange peel. With haircap moss.|
|Definitely pink, and moist. The green branches are another moss.|
|A deeply textured cap. The cone behind it is Douglas fir.|
|A slightly larger 'shroom, with gills and a stem ring. And two kinds of moss.|
|These are so perfect and delicate, that I didn't even want to breathe deeply near them.|
|A group of larger mushrooms, pushing their way up through the moss blanket.|
|Interesting patterns on another emerging mushroom.|
|And a couple of tiny flies. The flies seem to like these moister mushrooms.|
I thought the strange, twisty mushrooms I posted the other day would be easy to identify, but I can't find any like them. Here's another photo, showing their progression from "normal" to just plain weird.
|The young ones have a round, smooth cap, and that furrowed stem, (bottom right), but as they age they twist and contort until they barely look like mushrooms at all. (upper left)|
The weather is about to change. Environment Canada promises me about 6 hours of off-and-on sunshine tomorrow, then two weeks of mostly rain, with some snow. It's time to explore a bit closer to home. My critters in the tank, the museum at the end of my street, a spider tending her eggs in a jar, assorted beetles and grubs in the garden under my window, stormy seas from the car window; that sort of thing. I'm looking forward to it!