Mushroom Hunting - Part 1 of 4

I went for another mushroom hunting / photographing trip to the York Region Forest. Here is the first installment of 4 posts - I don't want to overwhelm with too many images. Lots of specimens I'm not familiar with here, but I'll learn them in time - and you can give me suggestions in the comments at the bottom of this post if you see something familiar.

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An odd sight indeed - a gall which has formed on a raspberry cane - normally I have only seen these on the stalks of Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis). It sure makes for a spiky looking home for the larvae of the Goldenrod Gall Fly (Eurosta solidaginis).

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Unknown specimen.

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Pear-shaped Puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme).

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Unknown specimen.

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Pine woods - the cover and composition of the 300 + hectares varies enormously - from Pine to Cedar to Trembling Aspen and more.

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Unknown specimen.

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Unknown specimen.

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Pear-shaped Puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme).

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Fat wood from a decayed pine tree root / trunk. The wood here was extremely hard, and once I was able to cut some off with my knife, it smelled richly of turpentine and resins. I ignited some and it burned fiercely.

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Unknown specimen.

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Unknown specimen.

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A Wooly Bear (Pyrrharctia isabella) caterpillar is the larva state of the common moth known as the Isabella tiger moth.

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Velvet Foot, also known as Velvet Shank (Flammulina velutipes).

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Unknown specimen.

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Unknown specimen.

Cheers,

Mungo

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