The fall mushroom season has been in force for a few weeks now. However, due to a drought condition, the blooms are sparse and more often appearing in irrigated areas. The above cluster of shaggy mane mushroom appeared in a lawn in the Santa Barbara area. We also spotted slippery jacks and hen of the woods. If the rains come, we are hoping for chanterelles.
Notice: Hunting and consuming mushroom should be done with care. Consuming wild mushrooms carries the risk of poisoning when mushrooms are not identified correctly. Always consult a qualified expert mycologist.
"Admire the structural delicacy of this stately mushroom, balanced precariously atop its tall, slender white stem. The long white bell-shaped cylindrical cap is covered with large shaggy buff, tan or brown scales, giving it the appearance of a British lawyer's wig. This is why one of its common names is "lawyer's wig." The spores are black. When young, a dainty annular ring is found around the stem; this ring drops down the stem as the mushroom matures. Within twenty-four to forty-eight hours, the borders of the cap begin to liquefy, and the entire cap is converted into a pool of inky black fluid, the origin of the common name "inky cap." Liquefied Coprinus comatus was used as writing ink in George Washington's day." https://www.mssf.org/cookbook/shaggymane.html