Yesterday, as we were walking down the stairs that separate my yard from the restoration site, one of our team leaders pointed out some mushrooms to me. I thought the fact that they were coming up through a coiled hose made them look like a piece of art.
Below are photos of two other types of mushrooms we found on the site this fall. The mushroom in the last two photos had a diameter of approximately eight inches.
It is my understanding that the presence of mushrooms is an indication that soil is healthy. If that is the case, and I think it is, our restoration site has VERY healthy soil. There are so many mushrooms here now, and they come in many varieties. I will take pictures of more of them, but for now I will share two photos I took several days ago.
When Sarva (Shirley) and I were working in the Greenbelt on Sunday, Sarva saw some BIG mushrooms. It seemed to me that they were in the same place as mushrooms I had photographed on October 29 and had included in my November 4th post. Could they have grown so big so fast?
(Click on the gallery to enlarge the photos.)
I realized there was one photograph I hadn’t shared in that post. It was of two mushrooms that were near the patch of mushrooms that I had included.
When I looked at the two photos together and compared them to the new photos, I realized I was seeing the same mushrooms. They had indeed grown this big in one week. Now, they were near the end of their life cycle.
Yesterday, I saw another patch of mushrooms that I had shared in my previous post. They had both grown and multiplied.
When I took the photo of the mushrooms last week, their placement reminded me of a village. Now they look like a mushroom town … or maybe they have already become a city! (The original “village” is at the bottom of this picture.)