It rained last night, and this afternoon on our way home from school, Kieran and I stopped, as we nearly always do, in the lovely Lakeside Garden. Everything was still wet from the rains, and Kieran immediately spotted some mushrooms with his sharp young eyes. For an hour, as the setting sun pulled the light out of the park, we went everywhere, peering closely at the ground seeking more mushrooms. We found plenty of them, some already out and open, like little umbrellas, others still just nudging their way out of the grass or fallen leaves.

We also found a few crust fungi growing on the bark of trees.

These ephemeral structures rise like ghosts right after the rain and won’t be around very long. We felt lucky to find so many.

 

Overnight rain spangled the world with tiny silver droplets.

Overnight rain spangled the world with tiny silver droplets.

Tiny droplets Yellow leaf with drops

Water collected in fallen leaves, like this lovely Magnolia.

Water collected in fallen leaves, like this lovely Magnolia.

Wet plantsCopper cap White in wood chips Tiny copper caps Tiny umbrellas Fallen flowersCap in the leaves Star cap In Liquidambar leaves Leathery Caramel brown

In the crepuscule of the palmetum, pale mushrooms glowed like ghosts.

In the crepuscule of the palmetum, pale mushrooms glowed like ghosts.

Palmetum ghosts Palmetum ghosts 2 White saucers Group of ghosts Upturned cups More ghosts Shaggy shingles Many tiny mushrooms Wet shiny brown In the grass In the oak leaves Copper caps

Fungus.

Fungus.

Bark texture fungus Kieran points to star Wet brown fungus Another star White saucers 2

A tiny mushroom growing from a leaf.

A tiny mushroom growing from a leaf.

Shaggy Upturned cap Gills Partial veil ring

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