Edible. Choice. So the books describe this distinctive mushroom now growing in our woods. The choice now is mine. These specimens are in my refrigerator, awaiting a final dispensation: to eat with scrambled eggs for the experience and very few additional nutrients OR to be tossed out in the woods in the vicinity from which they were collected (about 100 feet from the house)  to produce more for next year–at least for photographic purposes. I’m confident–mostly–about the ID. There are no deadly False Chanterelles …

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…with the spores of mushrooms. I’ll be heading out after sun-up (the local sun-up when it peaks over our ridge about 9 am) for Fungus Glamor Shots. And maybe some foraging for edibles. Some of the amanitas that arise from ornate beginnings like the one you see here will go on to grow almost a foot tall and about that wide across the caps. There are hundreds of chanterelles, but the bright orange-red ones, which while edible, are apparently nothing to write home about, …

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