I put down the knitting needles to go for a walk with the little man today. The recent rainy weather, combined with summer’s warmth gave us such interesting things to see:
This is fly agaric. It’s a poisonous toadstool that grows at the base of pine trees. It serves a useful function for the tree though, feeding on the fallen needles, and returning nutrients to the soil.
I’m fairly sure these are pine bolete, an edible mushroom. I wasn’t brave enough to pick it and try it though. We came across another specimen that had been munched by possums – their trademark blunt toothmarks gave them away.