9/12/2011: I had this labeled as Hygrocybe conica, Witch's Hat, but I changed my mind. Someone help.
I don’t know what this is, but I know what I like, and I like this.
Whatever this mushroom is, it’s about 5-6” across, and has beautiful ruffles and scallops. It looks like suede, draped over something rounded. Now I'm kicking myself for not examining it even more closely. What were the gills like? What about the view from below?
I have to admit that I often get so enchanted with the shapes and colors that I lose interest in finding out what they are.
I probably shouldn’t say that out loud.
A young Spiny Puffball, Lycoperdon echinatum. I’ve posted several pictures of these, but I just love that texture.