false chanterelle

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Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca or the False Chanterelle. Often mistaken for a true Chanterelle, especially as they get older and begin to dry out and fade to pale orange/yellow. Fortunately, this mushroom isn’t poisonous but neither is it tasty, unlike its much sought after delicious doppleganger.
The False Chanterelle is a beautiful mushroom in its own right, with fantastic gills. The gills remind me of a firework explosion or an old fashioned church organ. Sometimes, I feel fungi fanciers, in their haste to fill their baskets, often dismiss non edible species as a distraction. If you enjoy photography, nature provides wonderful models in the bizarre world of mycology.