Fancy Fungi

What is this round orange ball poking out of the dirt? After getting several inches of rain, the ground is thoroughly soaked… and the mushrooms are emerging!The Amanita muscaria is one of the most striking of all mushrooms. The tops are beautifully speckled white and dark orange, with a frilly skirt around the stem. They grow as big as a dinner plate!

Smaller white capped mushrooms are popping up all over under the cedars. These glossy brown caps blend in well with the wet leaves. Kuehneromyces mutabilis, commonly known as the sheathed woodtuft are edible.