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Pictures of Wild Mushrooms and Fungus

Updated on September 5, 2017
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My grandpa loved gardening. I learned much from him. To this day I enjoy puttering around in our garden growing plants for beauty & food.

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This post will show pictures of wild mushrooms and fungi that have appeared in our home garden as well as elsewhere.

Some of these infrequent guests that seem to pop up overnight when the conditions are right are stunningly beautiful, or at the least they're unusual and worthy of note.

Underside of a wild mushroom found in our yard.
Underside of a wild mushroom found in our yard. | Source

A few pictures of ones that have shown up in our backyard on occasion are included here. I have not yet captured some of the really unusual orange- to reddish-colored ones that always seem to appear during the Christmas season in our front yard. Perhaps I'll try to get some photos this year and add them to this post later.

My very talented and artistic cousin Bill Gullickson, who lives in Peoria, Illinois, emailed me photos of wild mushrooms and fungi that he has captured on film in woods where he takes frequent walks.

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People reading this article will get the benefit of seeing a much greater diversity of beautifully shaped and colored mushrooms than the ones merely appearing in our garden, thanks to Bill's photographic efforts and his willingness to share his pictures with others.

Wild Mushrooms Found in our Yard and Garden.

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This one looks more white than translucent, but it is simply the camera angle and lighting making it appear so. These tiny almost translucent mushrooms appear infrequently in our garden.  Once the sun hits them they do not last long before disappearing back into the ground Probably no more than 2 inches tall on average
This one looks more white than translucent, but it is simply the camera angle and lighting making it appear so.
This one looks more white than translucent, but it is simply the camera angle and lighting making it appear so. | Source
These tiny almost translucent mushrooms appear infrequently in our garden.  Once the sun hits them they do not last long before disappearing back into the ground
These tiny almost translucent mushrooms appear infrequently in our garden. Once the sun hits them they do not last long before disappearing back into the ground | Source
Probably no more than 2 inches tall on average
Probably no more than 2 inches tall on average | Source

The tiny mushrooms that are pictured in the photos above are like small translucent parasols. They are on average no more than about two inches high and primarily show up in a rock garden area of our yard.

When the sun hits them they rapidly seem to curl up and disappear back into the ground from which they sprung.

So seeing these very illusive little umbrella-shaped mushrooms is a treat that does not last long.

In reading about mushrooms the word "mycelium" was used.

The AOL dictionary describes mycelium in the following terms: "the mass of interwoven filamentous hyphae that forms especially the vegetative portion of the thallus of a fungus and is often submerged in another body (as of soil or organic matter or the tissues of a host)."

These interconnected, woven, mat-like strands of cells can cover small areas or huge ones that cover multiple acres of land. Mycelium can also be found inside the roots of some trees. While most of it may be unseen, it does the job of filtering needed nutrients and recycling them.

Found in our garden one day.
Found in our garden one day. | Source

Mushrooms are like the fruits of a fungus. They produce spores which are similar to seeds and are spread by wind or even other animals who have come in contact with them.

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Found in our backyard in July, 2010 Upended this mushroom almost resembles certain types of coral Displayed next to some Campari tomatoes so that the size of this large mushroom can be appreciated
Found in our backyard in July, 2010
Found in our backyard in July, 2010 | Source
Upended this mushroom almost resembles certain types of coral
Upended this mushroom almost resembles certain types of coral | Source
Displayed next to some Campari tomatoes so that the size of this large mushroom can be appreciated
Displayed next to some Campari tomatoes so that the size of this large mushroom can be appreciated | Source

Mycorrhizal mushrooms and the roots of living trees where they become attached mutually benefit from the relationship. Besides increasing the water and nutrient absorption to the trees or their roots, mycorrhizal mushrooms also offer some resistance to other plant pathogens thus helping to protect the trees. Thus these types of mushrooms are symbiotic in nature.

Have you ever noticed rings of mushrooms growing around trees? Those are undoubtedly mycorrhizal mushrooms living on and aiding the roots of those trees.

This, in fact, is the prime role that all mushrooms and fungi do. They continually recycle essential nutrients to the soil or their hosts.

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Parasitic mushrooms reside on living plants and can often end up killing their hosts. However they still have some value. Taxol the potent anti-cancer drug found to be effective in treating breast cancer comes from a parasitic mushroom, as an example.

Saprophytic mushrooms recycle already dead plant material.

Wild mushrooms in our garden

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Also found in our garden one day.  Notice the black edging and pointed top.Wild mushrooms growing out of our mulched garden beds.Wild mushrooms growing out of our mulched garden beds.Wild mushrooms growing out of our mulched garden beds.
Also found in our garden one day.  Notice the black edging and pointed top.
Also found in our garden one day. Notice the black edging and pointed top. | Source
Wild mushrooms growing out of our mulched garden beds.
Wild mushrooms growing out of our mulched garden beds. | Source
Wild mushrooms growing out of our mulched garden beds.
Wild mushrooms growing out of our mulched garden beds. | Source
Wild mushrooms growing out of our mulched garden beds.
Wild mushrooms growing out of our mulched garden beds. | Source

The tiny black edged mushrooms pictured above appeared in the shredded pine bark that we use as mulch in our garden beds. Undoubtedly they were saprophytic mushrooms doing their job of speeding up the breakdown of that mulch. No wonder we have to top-dress our mulch every year because it seems to disappear!

Most of the gourmet mushrooms that are offered up for sale and eaten each year are saprophytic in nature. Oyster mushrooms are an example.

Wild mushrooms in our yard

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Found these beauties in our yard one day.Close-up photo of the top. Purposely broke them apart to get these interior shots.
Found these beauties in our yard one day.
Found these beauties in our yard one day. | Source
Close-up photo of the top.
Close-up photo of the top. | Source
Purposely broke them apart to get these interior shots.
Purposely broke them apart to get these interior shots. | Source

The attractive mushrooms photographed above were found on the side of our yard one day. They seemed to be growing right out of the soil. There was no mulch or apparent rotting wood nearby.

In that last photo, I had moved them, broke them in half, and laid them on an area that had been mulched just to take the picture. I have no idea what type of mushrooms they were, but they were very substantial and fleshy.

More photos of wild mushrooms and fungi courtesy of Bill Gullickson

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Above is a stunning array of different varieties of mushrooms showing distinctive forms, colors and textures. I have my cousin Bill to thank for these pictures.

When I was a child growing up in the countryside of Wisconsin, there was a woods nearby. Under one particular tree in the Spring of the year was found some morel mushrooms that seemed to thrive in that one spot. The best description of what a morel mushrooms looks like is that of a sea sponge.

Each year that became a singular dining event when the morels were picked and eaten. My mother simply sauteed them in butter.

Colorful wild mushrooms

Look at the color on these little guys!  Acorn cap and blade of grass gives you size reference.
Look at the color on these little guys! Acorn cap and blade of grass gives you size reference. | Source

The very last year before my parents relocated to Texas we were informed by a native Indian lady who lived nearby that the puffballs that we kids had been playing with for years were edible.

We had been picking the white globe-like mushrooms and then would throw the puffballs onto the ground with some force. They would explode in a "puff" of smokiness...obviously the spores were widespread by us doing that. Possibly that is how they received their name?

These puffballs can get huge!

The puffballs were delicious! Had we only known that they were edible, we could have been easily supplied with free mushrooms for many months of the year. The puffballs would grow to diameters of between 8 to 24 inches, so were very large mushrooms. They matured in the Fall of the year and were very abundant where we happened to live.

That being said, I would never encourage anyone to pick and eat wild mushrooms without being really sure of what one is doing. There are many look alike mushrooms and some are very poisonous.

Be safe, rather than sorry!

How to Tell Poison Mushrooms from Good Ones (Don't try this at home!!!)

Dried Mushrooms

Mushroom House Dried Mushroom, Stir Fry Blend, 1-Pound
Mushroom House Dried Mushroom, Stir Fry Blend, 1-Pound

We love using dried mushrooms in our cooking. They can be easily rehydrated when needed.

 

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More Great Photos of Mushrooms and Fungi

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Found in our garden this leathery almost ear shaped mushroomAnother ear shaped mushroom growing in the same bed next to the brick border.
Found in our garden this leathery almost ear shaped mushroom
Found in our garden this leathery almost ear shaped mushroom | Source
Another ear shaped mushroom growing in the same bed next to the brick border.
Another ear shaped mushroom growing in the same bed next to the brick border. | Source

Perhaps you will look at mushrooms in the stores or growing wild in nature with a little more understanding of the important nature of their job.

To recap:

  • Mushrooms are a source of food.
  • They help break down decaying organisms and redistribute nutrients.
  • There are medicinal uses for mushrooms and they are even being utilized in some cases of toxic waste cleanups.

Hopefully you have enjoyed these pictures of the various types of mushroom, fungi and especially all the wild ones provided so graciously by my cousin Bill as well as those taken by me.

Mushrooms coming up in a pot with Chenille plant.
Mushrooms coming up in a pot with Chenille plant. | Source
Same mushrooms mixed in with Chenille Plant...another photo angle.
Same mushrooms mixed in with Chenille Plant...another photo angle. | Source

More Wild Mushrooms Found in our Yard

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Interesting underside of this mushroom This cup shaped mushroom picked days earlier (in July of 2010) had already hardened and dried. Same campari tomatoes for reference as to size Closeup of the interior of this mushroom Closeup of mushroom found in our yard, October of 2010.Same batch of mushrooms as the previous one. Unusual mottling of colors and shapes!This one was spotted in July of 2011.  Lasted exactly one day and was gone!Underside of the previously shown mushroom.This is how 2 mushrooms appeared one day in Sept. of 2011.  Look at next photos to see how they developed and how large they became.One opening and other one is still closed.They are quite noticeable in the grass!Look at how large they got!  The biggest one is about 8 inches tall and about that wide in diameter!They were tall enough to place the camera on the ground and get shots of the underside.  This is actually the smaller of the 2 mushrooms!As they aged, they took on a perforated edge and became more brown in color.
Interesting underside of this mushroom
Interesting underside of this mushroom | Source
This cup shaped mushroom picked days earlier (in July of 2010) had already hardened and dried. Same campari tomatoes for reference as to size
This cup shaped mushroom picked days earlier (in July of 2010) had already hardened and dried. Same campari tomatoes for reference as to size | Source
Closeup of the interior of this mushroom
Closeup of the interior of this mushroom | Source
Closeup of mushroom found in our yard, October of 2010.
Closeup of mushroom found in our yard, October of 2010. | Source
Same batch of mushrooms as the previous one. Unusual mottling of colors and shapes!
Same batch of mushrooms as the previous one. Unusual mottling of colors and shapes! | Source
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This one was spotted in July of 2011.  Lasted exactly one day and was gone!
This one was spotted in July of 2011. Lasted exactly one day and was gone! | Source
Underside of the previously shown mushroom.
Underside of the previously shown mushroom. | Source
This is how 2 mushrooms appeared one day in Sept. of 2011.  Look at next photos to see how they developed and how large they became.
This is how 2 mushrooms appeared one day in Sept. of 2011. Look at next photos to see how they developed and how large they became. | Source
One opening and other one is still closed.
One opening and other one is still closed. | Source
They are quite noticeable in the grass!
They are quite noticeable in the grass! | Source
Look at how large they got!  The biggest one is about 8 inches tall and about that wide in diameter!
Look at how large they got! The biggest one is about 8 inches tall and about that wide in diameter! | Source
They were tall enough to place the camera on the ground and get shots of the underside.  This is actually the smaller of the 2 mushrooms!
They were tall enough to place the camera on the ground and get shots of the underside. This is actually the smaller of the 2 mushrooms! | Source
As they aged, they took on a perforated edge and became more brown in color.
As they aged, they took on a perforated edge and became more brown in color. | Source

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      Peggy Woods 10 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca,

      It is amazing all the shapes and sizes as well as colors that are in the mushroom family. Morel mushrooms are delicious to eat. Did you feel safe enough to cook with it?

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      Rebecca 10 months ago

      Much to my surprise, had a form in my garden that resembled a male part. Since it appeared at Halloween, many of my friends thought I had planted it. Checked mushrooms and sure enough there it was, a Morrell.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Rangoon House,

      Nice that you also get to admire some of these beauties that occasionally pop up in your garden overnight. Mushrooms are fascinating! Thanks for your comment.

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      AJ 2 years ago from Australia

      I love your photographs. I too have fungi that appears overnight in my garden and I always stop to admire it in all its different forms.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      That neighbor woman who came from native American stock specifically pointed out the puffballs that were growing in the woods around our home in Wisconsin and told us that they were edible. We suffered no ill effects but I am certainly not advising anyone to start harvesting and eating what they deem to be puffballs. Perhaps there are different varieties?

      I like onions also and I love the combination of sauteed onions and mushrooms as an accompaniment to steak or hamburger.

      Glad you enjoyed the photos and thanks for the shares.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      I have seen some of these varieties but many of them are new to me. Some of them are pretty, and all are interesting. I love mushrooms almost as much as onions and onions are my favorite veggie. I wonder which of these mushrooms/fungi are safe to eat? I've always been told the puff balls are poisonous.

      Voted up, interesting,and pinned twice. Once on Awesome HubPages and again on my 'White II' board. Also shared with followers.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Roberta,

      You are like me. I simply admire the various shapes, sizes and colors of wild mushrooms whenever I spot them. We are having a soggy week with lots of rain so many more will be popping up in the near future, I am sure.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Knock, knock. Who's there? Mushroom. Mushroom who? You know, that fun guy in the kitchen. All jokes aside, I enjoyed this because I also like to take photos of mushrooms. I don't really know why because I don't use them for anything (like a neat hub) but somehow, mushrooms in the wild speak to me…and I'm not trying to be funny here. They are so unique that they stand out, calling to be noticed. :)

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi poetryman6969,

      We stick to purchasing our mushrooms in grocery stores also to be safe. It would be wonderful to have the knowledge to be able to safely harvest them from the wild.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      It is fun to be able to photograph these beauties or at least admire them when spotted. We should have more mushrooms popping up because the forecast is for a good chance of rain every day for the next week here in Houston. Will be nice for the ground to be getting that much water. Hopefully it will be a nice steady rain so as to avoid flooding. Thanks for all the shares! Sending best wishes with angels your way!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Love gorgeous nature pictures like these. Definitely some fungal infestations that I have never seen. Of course it can be dangerous to just put stuff in your mouth but I have read that a lot of mushrooms can be very good for you. We stick to the store bought so that we are safe.

      Voted up.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Your photos are superb. It is such a thrill (at least to me) to find these treasures on a day when I have my camera at the ready.

      Fortunately I have seen most of these up close and personal but there are a few that I am viewing for the first time right here on your page.

      Awesome, Peggy

      Voted up up and away shared and googe + and twitter and pinned to Awesome HubPages

      Angels are on the way to you once again this evening ps

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      I agree with you that the different configurations and colors of mushrooms can be fascinating and also beautiful. Appreciate the votes.

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      justmesuzanne 2 years ago from Texas

      It is amazing - the many different configurations of mushrooms. They are fascinating and surprising! :) Voted up and interesting!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Isabelle,

      Thanks for putting a name to that mushroom which quite often sprouts up in our yard. It never lasts long...not even a day.

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      Isabelle 2 years ago

      That one mushroom that you said is small parasol shaped and translucent, I believe is the Japanese umbrella mushroom.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kit,

      I can't answer you as to what type of mushroom it is. If it is growing between cracks in the concrete one way in which you might succeed in ridding yourself of it is to pour salt in that area after pulling it up. Salt kills most weeds and might work on mushroom spores the same way. Just make sure it is not near grass or other things that you wish to live since salt can kill other things as well.

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      Kit 3 years ago

      I have a fungus growing in a crack between my driveway and garage floor. It looks almost like a loaf of French bread, 12" or so long and then spreads out like a pizza, turns light tan color and develops red pepperoni-like circles. We live in San Diego CA. Any idea what this is and how to get rid of it?

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Roxanna Surfus,

      I am not sure what the name of that particular mushroom is but I am impressed that you counted the numbers to even ask me. Hope you find the answer elsewhere.

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      Roxanna Surfus 3 years ago

      What is picture 15 of 51 called?

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Janet,

      No natural mulch lasts forever and those mushrooms are just doing their job of breaking it down which will eventually make it into your soil enriching it. Don't worry! It is a natural process. That is why most people who use mulch have to continue top dressing it every so often. We do it annually in our climate of Houston.

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      Janet 3 years ago

      Peggy, I have these ear like mushrooms/fungi??? growing in my newly landscaped flower bed. Does this mean the Leaf Compost, Sphagnum peat, or mulch is bad? Should I be worried?

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alicia,

      Glad you liked this. I was fascinated with your article regarding lichens and invite everyone to click on that link if they wish to become better informed. They are a fascinating subjects...both mushrooms and lichens.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the photos, Peggy! They're beautiful. This is a very attractive and very interesting article. I love seeing pictures of wild mushrooms. They are such fascinating organisms. Thanks for creating this hub!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello iguidenetwork,

      Glad you liked this. Thanks for your comment.

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      iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

      I like your hub! Some of those look like flowers or corals. I know most of the pretty-looking mushrooms are poisonous but still we had to have a mushroom expert if we have to look for edible ones. Thanks for posting! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Mahipala,

      I wish I had your knowledge of being able to safely pick wild mushrooms. I do know what a morel mushroom looks like and in Wisconsin we picked some each year. Nice that they are being farmed so that more people can enjoy them. Thanks for your comment.

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      Mahipala 4 years ago

      i love wild mushrooms and tveral over 300 miles to pick certain varieties! You can get morels in certain grocery stores they are widely farmed now adays.mushroom picker for over 25 yearsretired chefcook book author

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      Just wish I knew more about which mushrooms are safe to eat and which are not. We do purchase a good many at our grocery stores! They certainly are pretty! Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Mushrooms are very interesting and pretty! It would be fun to have a specific area of the yard kept cool and moist to collect them! :) Voted up and interesting!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      Your hub about mushrooms...the edible kind...was certainly a good one. So very happy to link it to this one about the wild mushrooms...some of which are also edible. Mushrooms and fungi can certainly be beautiful. Thanks for your votes, share and link back to your hub as well. Appreciate it!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautiful hub and lovely pictures of these angelic beauties. They certainly are a delight to watch.

      Voted up, interesting and shared too. I'm including a link to this hub in my mushroom hub Peggy. Thanks for linking my hub to this one.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Annette,

      I know what you mean about San Antonio offering much in the way of history, culture and diversity. I miss our frequent visits over there! I do like the pines and azaleas, etc. over here. Both cities have their pluses.

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      Annette R. Smith 5 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Peggy, we haven't visited Los Patios yet -- there is so much to see and do here! Such history, culture and diversity. I've enjoyed our first year in San Antonio but I miss the tall pines and lovely azaleas in northwest Houston.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Annette,

      The climate in Houston, and nearby Tomball is definitely more humid than San Antonio would be with regard to having wild mushrooms growing. Loved going over to San Antonio when my mother-in-law lived there. It is a great city! One of our favorite places (in case you have not discovered it) is Los Patios. Wrote a hub about it in case you want a preview. We often dined there on weekends and enjoyed those gorgeous grounds. How do you like living there?

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzie HQ,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about the various mushrooms. I'll bet that your collection of wooden mushrooms is beautiful with the different wood grains. Wood carving is quite a talent and each piece of wood determines what can be made from it. Quite some artistry on the part of the wood carvers. Thanks for the votes and the share.

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      Annette R. Smith 5 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      What lovely pictures, Peggy. The images remind me of the mushrooms my husband and I would see on the hiking trail at Burroughs Park, when we lived in Tomball. We don't see many mushrooms here in San Antonio, where the climate is a bit more dry. Voted up and beautiful!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello MyMastiffPuppies,

      It is amazing just how many different kinds of mushrooms and fungi exist in the wild. So glad that you enjoyed these photos. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Enjoyed the pictures. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Wow Peggy, what a stunning article you have put together! The work that you have put in here is fantastic! Photos of your mushrooms and your cousins are incredible, I too was thinking umbrella for the paper thin one shown near the beginning!

      Any magic mushrooms at your place then Peggy? Could be money in them!!

      I have always had a fascination with mushrooms and have over 100 wooden ones - all sizes, woods and shapes! Bought at craft fairs mostly from wood turners. Great hub, voted up, interesting, beautiful and sharing!!!!

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      MyMastiffPuppies 5 years ago

      Wow, never knew there were so many different varieties of mushrooms. The pictures are awesome! Voted up across the board, thanks for sharing...

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      I am amazed at the beauty and diversity of mushrooms found in our yard and elsewhere. I have some fungi growing on our Redbud tree right now. Will have to take some photos. To err on the side of safety, we do not eat any of them. Wish I knew which ones would be safe to eat because we love eating mushrooms. Thanks for your comment, votes and share.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Wow! I had no idea Mushrooms could be so beautiful. I don't think we have all those types here in Fl. We do have some, but none as beautiful as the ones you have pictured. I'd be afraid of eating any of them, though. Guess you just have to know the good from the bad.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc., and will share of course.

      Mary

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Specialk3749,

      Yes, mushrooms and fungi can be very beautiful. I am amazed at the abundance of the different kinds found in our very own yard and garden. Learning their importance in the life cycle of things was interesting. Didn't you find it so? Thanks for your comment.

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      Karen Metz 5 years ago from Michigan

      Wow...I did not know there were so many beautiful mushrooms or that a mushroom could be that pretty! The only ones I have noticed here are the ones we call "toad stools" and the ones we hunt for in the spring "morals"...yum! Thank you for the beautiful pictures! You make me want a new camera...

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      Obviously you can tell from all the photos of wild mushrooms and fungi taken in our yard here in Houston...we have the perfect climate for their growth and generation. Glad to hear that you found this hub interesting. Thanks for your votes and comment.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I don't see very many fungi here in Southern California because it's so dry and relatively hot. But I do remember coming across quite a lot of them when I lived in the humid and rainy Pacific Northwest. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sweet Chococarrie,

      Indeed, mushrooms are tasty and delicious. One just must be sure that they are not the poisonous types! My husband and I consume a good amount of mushrooms. Thanks for your comment.

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      Sweet Chococarrie 5 years ago from My Heart To Yours

      How i love mushrooms in truth, they are very delicious and nutritious indeed, beautiful informative hub.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vinaya,

      I am assuming that you pick the mushrooms to be able to eat them. Wish I knew more about how to do that safely. For now, I just satisfy myself with taking photos. Thanks for your comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      In the rainy season, when I'm in my farm, I go looking for wild mushrooms in the jungle. This is one of my fun activities.

      Your hub gave me a nostalgic feelings.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

      I too find mushrooms and fungi to be not only fascinating but also very beautiful. Obviously we share the same opinion. Glad to hear that you liked all these photos. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy, your pictures are amazing. I find mushrooms as beautiful and varied as flowers. Some are so delicate and some look like a brain but they are all beautiful. Wonderful job. up, awesome and beautiful.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello techygran,

      Thanks for your comment on this hub regarding mushrooms and fungus. Nice to know that you found it helpful.

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      Cynthia 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      fantastic hub for mushroom lovers and people who are just interested in getting to know more about such things! thank you!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello tifa,

      Here is a link in which you might be interested:

      http://www.howtogrowmushrooms.org/how-to-grow-wild...

      Hope it helps! Thanks for commenting on these pictures of mushrooms and fungi hub.

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      tifa 5 years ago

      hello i need som information about the conditions for grow wild mushroms.please guide me.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi K9keystrokes,

      And thanks to leahlefler for pointing me in your direction. Your mushroom hub along with Leah's adds to the enjoyment of anyone interested in this topic. Thanks for linking this to your hub as well.

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      India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

      Wow! What unusual mushroom shots! I can't believe I missed this photo gallery until now! So glad I found it today though. The first grouping of translucent mushroom pictures in simply outstanding. They look like fancy tiny umbrellas only found in those classy fashion regions of Paris! This is a Hub worth adding (link-a-dinking) to my own, I am so pleased to have found it; thank you very much Peggy!

      HubHugs~

      K9

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Leah,

      The mushrooms and fungi grow year round down here in Houston. Wish I knew all the names of them as you do. I have added your "Pictures of Mushrooms in Western New York" link to this hub so that people finding this can also see yours up in that part of the country. Thanks!

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      Great pictures, Peggy! It took me a minute to find this one - I love it! Some of your mushrooms are HUGE! Ours tend to be on the smaller side, though there was a big "deaths cap" growing in our neighbor's yard that I should have photographed when I got the chance. The snow is bound to fly soon, so most of our fungi have retreated for the year!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Cherrie,

      Mushrooms are spread by spores and can lie dormant in the ground until just the right growing conditions are right for it to grow. I would suggest that you pick the mushrooms as soon as you see them so that they do not mature and spread more spores. Perhaps eventually you will eliminate them. Good luck!

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      Cherrie 5 years ago

      I have this mushroom that looks like someone crath on the top of it. It has a foul odor I can smell it before seeing it what will stop it from growing

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi 2patricias,

      There is always next time! I actually took photos yesterday and will again today of the largest mushroom I have ever seen in our yard. There are actually 2 of them growing close together. Amazing! Will add them soon to this hub. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      This is a really interesting hub - so many photos, and all different.

      I opened this one because today I noticed two different sorts of mushrooms growing very close together in my garden. It didn't occur to me to take pictures and now I wish I had.

      I will come back and read this hub again - thanks.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Good luck to you Mily V. in Md. Be safe rather than sorry when it comes to picking and consuming wild mushrooms!

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      Mily V. in Md 6 years ago

      I am very interested in finding edible wild mushrooms but am becoming quickly overwhelmed. Can anyone please look at some pictures on my facebook and give any insight?

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Movie Master,

      The only wild mushrooms I have ever picked were the morels and puffballs...but that was so many years ago going back to my childhood days. Like you, I would also love to go wild mushroom picking with someone who could advise us as to their safety. I am no expert...far from it! Glad you liked these photos and the information and thanks for your comment.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peggy, another hub of beautiful photos, a real delight! I would love to go wild mushroom picking with someone who knows what they're doing, wished you lived closer.... great info thank you.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      Nice to see you here commenting again on this mushroom hub. Had a pretty red colored one come up in the lawn a few days ago! :)))

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      I came back to the hub to check on a few fungi - great resource for gardeners and mushroom fans alike.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dave,

      I think that mushrooms are fascinating and they are so different. Like eating them also! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Knightheart 6 years ago from MIssouri, USA

      Truly amazing! Absolutely beautiful photographs of things most people ignore! Thanks for sharing these and also the short video on edible mushrooms and fungi.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

      I agree. Mushrooms and fungi come in all shapes and sizes and even colors. Glad that you liked these pictures and thanks for the comment and votes. Appreciate it! :)))

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Beautiful pictures of the mushrooms. It's amazing how many different types of mushrooms there are. Some of them are so beautiful and delicate looking. Rated up and awesome.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Tony,

      We picked morel mushrooms in Wisconsin when I was a child and they are delicious! Like you, I'm not taking any chances in picking wild mushrooms down here simply because I am no expert and if one eats the wrong kind it just might be the last thing one ever eats. I'll stick to those found in grocery stores. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      Tony Locicero 6 years ago from Inverness Florida

      I've picked Morels in MN, Indiana, and NY. Love em! Some were bigger than my head.

      Always leery of picking mushrooms in Texas. You hear stories every summer about people dying after eating wild ones here. Though it seems like the people are mostly from Thailand and Cambodia. Maybe there is an edible one over there that looks just like a poisonous one from TX.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello mannyrolando,

      Obviously I agree with you. We had such an unusual one pop out of the ground 2 days ago but it is so cold and blustery right now in Houston that I just did not want to get pictures of it. Hoping more mushrooms or fungi of that type will appear again. When I say it is cold...we will probably get snow later today! Schools have been cancelled for tomorrow. Most unusual for this climate! Thanks for your comment.

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      mannyrolando 6 years ago

      Simply beautiful! I think that mushrooms are uniquely amazing and so much fun to photograph, they have such character! I love this hub!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Becky,

      Thanks for reading this hub about mushrooms and fungi. Glad to hear that it was also informative. The pictures from my cousin added to those taken by me make for some interesting contrasting colors, sizes and shapes. Thanks for the comment.

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      These are amazing photos of the different types of mushrooms. I have learned a great deal about the various types of mushrooms from your Hub. Thanks for an awesome read.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ricky lee,

      There are many books on the subject of using wild mushrooms safely if you wish to harvest and eat them. Research it well and good luck and happy eating!

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      ricky lee 6 years ago

      i am a newcomer to wild edible mushrooms but i have studied plants for a long time . is their anyone in the harriman tn. area that could and would help teach me what i can and can't eat . e mail me at rlccc38@yahoo.com

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Photography7777,

      Obviously I agree with you in that I think taking pictures of wild mushrooms and fungi make for very pretty pictures. Thanks for the comment. Looking forward to seeing more of your photos.

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      Photography7777 6 years ago from FL

      Beautiful photos of the mushrooms and great written article. I love photographing mushrooms too. I think mushrooms growing the wild are pretty.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky,

      I agree with you about not feeling skilled enough to know eatable mushrooms from the poisonous kind. For now I will satisfy myself with taking pictures of the wild mushrooms and fungi that I come across and buy the ones we eat in grocery stores. Thanks for the comment.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Very nice. I love to eat them but I wouldn't trust myself in the woods choosing them. Thank you Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Tony,

      Great hearing that you enjoyed these pictures of mushrooms and fungi. Every now and then new wild ones pop up in our yard and I always have a camera at the ready. I agree with you about my cousin taking great pictures. Thanks! Love and peace back you you.

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      I really enjoyed this read. I love fungi both to look at and to eat. Thanks for sharing this info and the beautiful photos. Both you and your coz are artists!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      We did the same with puffballs for years...just played with them. Shortly before moving to Texas we found out about them being edible...and as you said, they are delicious. Thanks for commenting on this hub about mushrooms and fungi and glad that you liked the pictures.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      While browsing hubs, this article caught my eye. It was no surprise to find you had written it as I seem to gravitate to your hubs! I do love the photographs and interesting facts. I had to laugh when I saw the section on puffballs as we used to play with them when we were kids, too. Only later did I discover that they were edible and delicious! Thanks for a nice hub.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi billyaustindillon,

      The pictures that my cousin sent to me were taken in a wooded setting in Illinois where he takes walks. The other ones are from our yard and garden. Tropical rainforest...feels like it today in Houston. We are getting lots of rain from the first hurricane of the season that went into Mexico.

      So are all pink fleshed mushrooms (underneath) safe to eat? You should write a hub about it and insert pictures. Would be interesting to many of us!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      I agree Peggy some of the shots from tropical rainforests are remarkable. On colelcting safe ones we had a rule - we knew the main ones and they had to have pink flesh underneath. Pretty simple that way.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi billyaustindillon,

      Wish I knew more about collecting mushrooms safely. I love eating them and have to rely upon purchasing them in stores. Glad that you liked the images. I think that mushrooms and fungi in all their shapes and forms are quite beautiful.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Some beautiful images here Peggy. I used to enjoy mushroom collecting when Iw as growing up around our farm. Then eating them for breakfast - yummy!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi oscillationatend,

      Stick to the baby portobellos...and I predict you will be just fine in the mushroom department. Ha!

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      oscillationatend 7 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

      Yes, I know they are poisonous..just the thought of eating it..*shudders* I dunno, some weird phobia. I have eaten a few varieties, even some without psilocybin. ;) I kid, I kid.

      Maybe.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello again oscillationatend,

      Have you never eaten any kind of mushroom? There are plenty edible kinds served in many cuisines of the world. As to picking wild ones, one really has to know what they are doing...or leave it to the experts...because many are poisonous.

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      oscillationatend 7 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

      Sometimes when I leave comments primarily about some issues with a hub, people wish to delete..so, always open for that. =)

      Fungus are an interesting life form, I'm just not sure about their edible qualities. ;)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi oscillationatend,

      Why the invitation to delete? Actually as you said, mushrooms and fungus do an essential role. I actually find them to be beautiful in many cases. Thanks for the visit.