I was hunkered down in some cedars taking pictures of these and a man on the trail asked me what I was doing.
I stared at him, wild-eyed, and snarled, “Don’t look at me! I’m hideous!!!"
But these Lycoperdon perlatum are not hideous. They are wonderful.
For the record, these "gem-studded puffballs" grow from the ground, in case you're confusing them with the similar Lycoperdon pyriforme, which always grow from wood.
Below, the biggest wood ear I've ever found!
And here’s a tree with the most wood ears I've ever seen. This is only half of them—there was this much more further up the tree, too.
Now you know why I prefer overcast days for photos.
Below, some of that crazy ozonium of Coprinellus domesticus (C. radians is similar, but apparently does not come with ozonium). The orange fuzz is the mycelium erupting out onto the surface, instead of staying below things like it usually does (underground, under bark, etc.). I can’t find much info about it at all. What the heck does “form genus of imperfect fungi” mean? One site refers to it as “air mycelium”. The domain name www.ozonium.com is available. There is a player on Lolking named Ozonium. That is all I could find online.
The Latin name of this mushroom sticks in my mind because on mushroomexpert.com the ozonium is described as “orange shag carpeting”, which is in houses, which is domestic.
Here’s a pic on my Flickr account of the first time I encountered it. The first comment under it is funny.
Next is a gorgeous Laetiporus cincinnatus I found, visible from the trail (doesn’t anybody hike on these trails?).
There it is, and suddenly there’s my foot and you can see how big it is.
Absolutely prime and pristine.
The conversation went like this: “Oh! How beautiful! Thank you so much! What’s the occasion?” And the forest replied, “Oh, no occasion at all, we just thought you’d like this.”