Rally is over: time for Lobster Mushrooms

The season is about a week late as has been the case all Spring and Summer.

After picking thirty pounds in about fifteen minutes yesterday, slicing them then halfway through drying, a strong hailstorm destroyed the whole works. Oh well, there were a few left this morning to photograph:

The spot above Deadwood near Mt. Roosevelt produces every year: limestone talus near the 1959 burn in deep ponderosa pine duff with oak and aspen nearby. Here is a stock photo of the likely host mushroom, a bitter, otherwise unpalatable species:

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