As I walked around our cabin a few days ago, my path passed by an old piece of pine trunk that I placed on a large birch stump from a tree that we had felled many years ago. I’ve never seen anything remarkable on either of them since the onset of their intimate proximity, but now there was a fine crop of what I’ve tentatively identified as (possibly golden) Philiota mushrooms. Most of the images that I’ve been able to track down online show them growing on birch, but this group was definitely sprouting from the pine.
At first I thought they were puffballs, but a closer look revealed the stems and the gills under the caps. If any of you mycologists out there can help me to nail them down a bit more, I’d be grateful. I’m just happy that I was able to see them in what appears to be one of their healthiest stages. I’ll be back there again in a couple of weeks and will be eager to have another look at their condition.