This almost looks like some kind of exotic flower. Perhaps something crafted from wood shavings. I'm sure that wood shavings or wood dust had something to do with the sudden appearance of these rather large mushrooms in our front yard. We had some trees removed early in the summer and there were areas where there were wood shavings left in piles too small to pick up, so they just got raked into the soil. Our front yard is very shady and the grass, or should I say anything green that grows is mostly weeds and moss. The weeds are regularly mowed, just like a real grass lawn. And the moss fills in areas where the weeds won't even grow.
We'd been having some very humid weather last week which must have made the conditions perfect for sprouting mushrooms. I don't know what these are called and I don't care whether they are poisonous or not not having any small children or animals that might get into them. Instead I like to admire them while they're around. There were a few that were already starting to turn black and slimy in the center and I steered away from those.
We have a fairy ring in the back yard, but have not had any mushrooms in the ring for many years now, though the ring itself continues to grow outward. These don't appear to be growing in a ring, just randomly near the old tree area.
Sneaking in a quick sunset from Saturday night.
On Sunday evening friends of ours were fulfilling a bucket list item. He had recently celebrated his 60th birthday and she gave him a hot air balloon ride as his gift. The launch had been postponed several times due to weather, but conditions Sunday allowed for a safe trip.
We were invited to the launch and watched while the crew inflated the balloon,
they jumped in, waved good-by, and sailed away.