Life in Christian County, Kentucky... The Rural Life... More About Trees and Plants...
After last week's heavy rains and this week's warm temperatures, a "fairy ring" of mushrooms sprang up in a pasture on the Moss Farm, a few miles west of us. Two partial rings of similar diameter have come up on another hillside nearby. They are probably growing in decayed hay and cattle manure, left from last winter.
From a distance, these look like meadow mushrooms. I didn't try to cross the farmer's electric fence and trespass in his pasture to find out for sure.
We ate meadow mushrooms when I was a child, and I think I would still be able to identify them. Years ago, I knew what characteristics distinguished them, and I don't think I've forgotten. It's been a long time since I've seen a meadow mushroom, though.
We have a mushroom that comes up in our yard after a rain, but they're strange looking brownish things. They look so unappetizing that I've never tried to use a field guide and identify them, let alone figure out if they're edible or not!