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Hi, I'm Laurali! I live in a tiny, seaside fishing village in Florida where I nurture my plants, go hiking in the woodland, and wear flowers in my hair.

Mushrooms Designed by Fairies + Mushroom Picking

Mushrooms Designed by Fairies + Mushroom Picking
Mushrooms are some of the coolest natural finds in nature.  They come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes.  More importantly, mushrooms are designed by fairies!

I'm sure by now you've heard of fairy rings.  I've come across a few of them in my life, but usually only in groups of two or three, unless they are super tiny.

The other day, I found clusters of micro bright orange mushrooms after a good rain here in Florida!  I looked all over the internet for the tiny orange mushrooms and couldn't quite pinpoint them.

Want to help me figure this out?  Leave a comment, please!  Thanks!  I had this problem before, with some fuzzy bright neon green caterpillars I couldn't identify.

I think they are Florida Wood Mushroom Species but in orange.  I did find them on a wooden log in the driveway.
Mushrooms on a Log in the Florida Wilderness
 Saint Augustine Growing Mushrooms fall under the ones that look like little umbrellas you should put in your tropical drink as you listen to Jack Johnson by the pool.

The first picture really represents that best!  Plus, the one below by the car is one of my favorites.
 I like to call these little guys umbrella mushrooms.  They can grow in parking lots and other random places.  I love finding them in an urban setting like this one.
Edible Mushrooms and Mushroom Hunting in Florida
 Florida Oyster Mushrooms come out in my yard every fall.  They are open and scalloped-shaped.  If this identification is wrong, let me know.
Tree Log and Mushrooms
I could be wrong, but I think these ones are called Milky Caps.  Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.  These are another set that grew right in my backyard last autumn.  They tend to grow in patches of two or three.
White Edible Mushrooms + Oyster Mushrooms
You almost have to forage these types of mushrooms as they aren't out in the open.  They hide underneath the ground and grass and tend to be very rooted in earth materials for coverage.

 Maybe Elm Oyster Mushrooms?  I think if I'm right, these ones can be eaten.  Cook first, of course!
Edible Mushroom Foraging
 More Elm Oysters, perhaps?  Like I said before, undecided on this one.  If anyone out there knows, feel free to leave me some info in the comments.  Would be much appreciated!
Mushrooms Designed by Fairies + Mushroom Picking
Yeah, I don't know.  Black, fuzzy, and clam-shaped didn't yield anything in the search results.
Tree Bark With Mushrooms
Here's another fungus designed by fairies I couldn't identify.  It's white, fuzzy, spore-like, and grows out of logs in Florida.  I'll do an update as I gather more intel on these unidentified species of mushrooms.
The last four mushroom pictures were taken at Hammock Park in Dunedin, Florida.  Mushrooms Designed by Fairies can be found literally everywhere.

Sometimes you can look directly at a mushroom and not realize what you stumbled upon until much later.  So cool!

How about you?  Are you a mushroom forager?  Share and let's discuss.  I love meeting fellow mushroom lovers.  

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