Chantarelles are highly sought-after by mushroom lovers and foragers, something I learned after I started finding them, because I don’t actually eat mushrooms, myself! This is just one species of many.
While these guys are edible, as you can see, they do not grow very large at all, so if you plan on eating them, you either have to collect quite a few, or use them as a garnish.
These little guys are incredibly striking and immediately noticeable to a keen eye; they often hide in the leaves but have a brilliant crimson color that you can learn to pick out immediately despite their small size! They were quite beautiful and exciting to find, for me.
This set is also part of my Animal Crossing: In Real Life! educational series for my side-blog, @tealight-crossing.
Found these mushrooms next to a stream in a beech forest in SE Pennsylvania. Anyone know a mycologist?
*edit* Thanks to marshallfumblr and pestilenc-e for the ID! Cantharellus cinnabarinus, or the cinnamon chanterelle. I hope to go back for a closer look now that I have some characteristics to look for for a positive ID.