There’s nothing quite like the sight of chanterelles (Cantharellus californicus) pushing up through wet leaves.
Chanterelles and Boletes, in this case Queen Bolete (Boletus regineus). Although King Bolete (Boletus edulis) has an affinity for conifers, the Queen prefers the same oak and madroño woodlands frequented by the Chanterelles.
High in an ancient oak we spy a delicious Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus).
This calls for action.
A gentle nudge with a stout stick …
Don’t be fooled. Back under the pines we run into a fruiting of False Chanterelles (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca). While False Chanterelles aren’t, as far as we know, dangerously poisonous, you definitely don’t want to eat them. Just another reminder that you shouldn’t gather wild mushrooms for your table unless you not only know them very well, but also know the poisonous and non-edible mushrooms they most closely resemble equally well.
Please Note: This and other fungus-related posts on this site are intended for entertainment purposes only. Please do not mistake them for a guide to mushroom identification. You CANNOT learn to safely identify mushrooms simply by looking at photos of them. Please don’t try. Please consider all wild mushrooms, especially those growing in our favorite patches, to be deadly poisonous. You have been warned!