I love mushrooms and this time of the year I love nothing more than to venture out and see what's growing in the woods. I also love to eat mushrooms but not any that I pick, and only the store bought ones. I have no clue what is edible and what is not, and even though I read various articles on identification I just don't trust my own ability.
My mum used to buy ones from the grocers when we were kids. She called them field mushrooms. Some were the size of dinner plates and were absolutely delicious - a great nostalgia food moment here. These days I love to eat Portobello's.
Of course there are a few wild mushrooms that are absolutely deadly and many more are mildly poisonous, some can even cause hallucinations. Am I ever going to pick and eat any wild mushrooms? Not a snowball's chance in you-know-where, though I do admire people who are knowledgeable about such things because I bet the ones they pick taste out of this world.
In the meantime I'll stick to my store-bought kind, but still keep looking for the ones in the woods. They are so very interesting to study and to photograph.
Don't forget you can enlarge any of these photos to get a better look.
"Nature alone is antique and the oldest art a mushroom."
Just for fun I thought I would add this photo, one of the biggest mushroom I have ever seen. I found it online.