by Area Forester Lisa Deaton
When you work in the woods every day, it can be joyful to see something new. After the rain last week, quite a variety of mushrooms sprouted. The most unusual one I saw was hairy on top.
These mushrooms were so tiny I almost missed them.
This mushroom is keeping company with a small army of lichens, and perhaps fungi, on the decaying log behind it.
This mushroom has an interesting sombrero shape, and is covered with ashes from a recent forest fire.
One time I cleared a trail in New Kent County with a leaf blower, leaving the mineral soil exposed. It rained soon after that, and I walked the trail with some teachers a few days later. At least 20 different kinds of mushrooms had sprouted in the trail.