The rains have arrived, at least for the short term, and that means the mushrooms are coming out. Walking through the woods, it is a wonderous thrill to see the colorful secrets that emerge from the earthern duft or off of an old tree stump. So, let me introduce you to some of the treasures that are available these days.
There is the chanterelle. A lovely little orange mushroom that has gills that cling to the stem and ride all the way up and out to the edge of the cap. As you can see they are orange (although they do come in white) and are about 1" in diameter and about 1" tall.
You can buy these at Whole Foods or you can pick your own but just watch out for the Jack O'Lantern which resembles the chanterelle, sorta. It is poisonous. By poisonous I mean it can make you sick to your stomach. The JOL grows in clumps and occasssionally glows in the dark if you should be camping out.