Black and White Mushrooms

I noticed some interesting-looking mushrooms on the lawn on my way to work in the morning. They have black caps and white stalks. I believe they are some species of inky cap mushroom, since the caps turn black and peel upward as it matures. However, there isn’t a way for me to definitively identify them without spore prints and DNA testing, and that’s not going to happen.

The first time I saw them, I stopped to take a few pictures. I wanted to take more after work, but by the time I returned, they had all shriveled and wilted. Counting on mushrooms to keep popping up overnight, I discovered more the next morning. These photos were taken over several days. I’m not sure if they’re all the same species, since I noticed at least four other distinct mushrooms on that lawn.



The cap is starting to turn upwards.


It’s common to see ripped, upturned caps.



This is what they look like by the afternoon. It’s hard to notice them at this stage unless you look carefully, because they no longer stick out from the grass.

If you have any idea which species of mushroom these are, let me know in a comment! (Scientific name preferred.)

Red and white mixed poppy

I noticed this red and white poppy among all the red poppies as I was walking to work yesterday.

I wonder if it’s a different variety that blooms later. After all, the red poppies bloomed later than the other wildflowers present, so I thought the first red one was special, until they all opened. The coloration could also be the result of a genetic mutation. If you know for certain, please leave a comment with more information.

Here’s a different view, showing the center. Unfortunately, the wind kept blowing as I was trying to take these photos, so it’s a bit blurry.

I’m curious if you’ve seen other ones like this. A quick Google search for red and white poppies only yielded solid color poppies that were either red or white, as well as a few that were both colors, but none looked like this one. I find it fascinating.

Edit: I thought I would have more luck searching by the scientific name of the red poppy, Papaver rhoeas. Anyway, this red and white flower appears to be a known variant of Papaver rhoeas, either “fairy wings” or “mother of pearl.” Thanks to doctoreeew for the tip!

Rainbow splat

A few months ago, I came across this on the ground of a craft store parking lot. Unfortunately, the only camera I had on me at the time was my cell phone, which isn’t that good, so it almost looks like abstract art. I still think it looks cool, since I like colorful things.