|British Soldiers among various fungi and mosses|
|That's my thumb|
A bit larger are these little white fungi that speckled the forest floor in the middle of August, something new I haven't noticed before.
Next up are the small orange mushrooms that grow all summer long, often right near or on a trail. These are Orange Mycena.
|Orange Mycena, (Mycena leaiana)|
|Yellow Slime Mold (Fuligo septica) showing yellow and white tissue|
Moving up in size is this new (for me) mushroom, the first purple fungus I've come across.
|Purple Cort (Cortinarius iodeoides)|
So as not to bore the reader, I'll just show a few of the more interesting specimens I found, and then finish with the granddaddy of the summer. First, a medium size orange one emerging from under the leaf litter.
Next a Fly Amanita growing from a dead branch.
|The common Fly Amanita|
Here, emerging from the dirt and debris in the middle of a trail, is a family of pristine white mushrooms.
A nice collection of speckled maroon toadstools took up residence in this mossy spot.
There are many animals that consume these nutrient-filled organisms including insects, mammals and amphibians.
|A red eft looking for small insects feeding on this medium-sized fungi|
|Sulphur Shelf (Laetiporus sulphureus)|