After recent rains, what is this I see popping up through a mat of spruce needles next to the parking lot at work? A whole colony of toadstools, in various stages of emergence.
After the dome pops through all white and shiny, it begins to spread out. The outer layer dries and darkens into interesting texture.
The tops become flat, and the spore-bearing surface on the underside matures.
Spores will drop from the "gills" of mature basidiomycota. There's a whole lot of life out there when you look!
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