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  1. Any idea what this is?

    The free, pink gills point to the genus Pluteus, but I'm not familiar with the species in eastern NA. You could try out the key for Pluteus (40 species) in MushroomExpert.com; or, hopefully, someone from the east will recognize them.
  2. Blewits?

    My guess is that these are Cortinarius mushrooms, although I don't see any obvious signs of a cortina on them. Were they growing in a forest? All of the Blewits that I've found were associated with human-altered habitats: at the edge of a field or in some garden waste. A spore print would confirm their ID.
  3. Strange looking

    Sorry, we need to see what's under the cap (including gills and whole stem) to make a reasonable ID. A spore print may also be useful. This looks a lot like the green-spored, poisonous Chlorophyllum molybdites; but it could be one of the edible parasols.
  4. Not everyone at once

    Mushroom Whisperer, those look like pine needles where the burn morels popped. I've generally found pine trees to be the most productive associate in burns. Has that been your experience as well?
  5. Not everyone at once

    Here in southwestern BC, and I'm sure throughout the Pacific Northwest, morels have been popping for a while. I found my first burn morels on Apr 17 and then picked 18 liters (about 4.5 gallons) last Monday. Today, I found over a hundred "natural" black morels, but they were mostly pretty small due to recent hot, dry weather. Rain is in the forecast; so, the picking should remain pretty good.
  6. Found this on side yard.

    I've never tried to get rid of it myself; but, from what I've read, it's nearly impossible to destroy it. It keeps coming back as long as there is food for it. However, it doesn't cause any damage, except to the bacteria that it ingests. It will eventually disappear on its own.
  7. Found this on side yard.

    This is probably the slime mold, Fuligo septica, AKA dog vomit slime mold. I usually notice it when it is in a bright yellow color phase; but, according to photos on the Web, it comes in many colors, including some that look exactly like your photo. It is not poisonous, but it is very difficult to destroy.
  8. Morchella elata?

    These morels look a lot like Morchella importuna, which is a morel found in a North American west coast landscape environment. Take a look at Michael Kuo's description at: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/morchella_importuna.html . I've also read that M. importuna often grows in bunches; so if you're finding them as groups in landscape mulch, this, or a similar species, is likely.
  9. New To St.Thomas, Ontario Canada

    Hello, welcome to the forums. Before anyone can provide advice, we need to know which St. Thomas you are referring to. I suspect that it is St. Thomas, Ontario, but there are locations with that name in several other provinces and countries.
  10. I don't know if you've looked at this Web page: http://www.mykoweb.com/CAF/species/Rhodocollybia_maculata.html. It states that R. maculata habitat includes well-rotted conifer logs (mid-winter in coastal forests as well as montane regions in the spring) but doesn't say which species are preferred. The Mykoweb site is a good resource for information about California fungi.
  11. Jack o lanterns?

    I've never seen Foxfire, or glowing Jack O'Lanterns, for that matter; but I'm aware of dark adaptation from an interest in astronomy, where it is important.
  12. Jack o lanterns?

    Anyone investigating "glow in the dark" objects should keep in mind that human eyes take some time to become adapted to faint light. That is probably why Dave said that it took 5 minutes for the glow to kick in. It takes about 30 minutes for the eyes to approach full adaptation, even longer for seniors. 15 minutes of being in the dark only gets you to the halfway point. So, the key to seeing Jack O' Lanterns is to do it in complete darkness and wait long enough.
  13. ID help

    Yes, this is almost certainly a mushroom parasitized by a mold fungus.
  14. Need help identifying

    It looks like Armillaria mellea, unless the California version has been recently renamed.
  15. Teethed mushroom. Help with ID?

    This looks a lot like Hydnum umbilicatum, which usually has a more pronounced depression in the middle of the cap; or it might be H. albomagnum, which is an appropriately southern species of Hydnum. Neither of these grow on wood; but if the wood was pretty rotten, your mushroom could have grown through the wood.