Abundant rainfall this summer has produced Basidiums of amazing size and color.
What we see as mushrooms are the "fruiting bodies" of the funnygus - Basidiomycota.
Underground the Basidiomycota are mycelium that run over large areas.
The "Hen of the Woods" mushroom tastes like chicken.
The "Old Man of the Woods" mushroom Strobilomyces Strobilaceus.
"...old men have grey beards, that their faces are wrinkled, their eyes purging thick amber or plum tree gun, and they have a plentiful lack of wit..."
These botanists exhibit Mycophobia.