Phenomenal photos, Anne! Wow! And, the narrative made me feel like I was walking those places with you. Excellent piece.
Here in Florida, mushrooms and toadstools are more prolific in the wet months of summer. Uncharacteristically, our fall has been wetter than usual. We had a couple of cool days and the fungi started dying off. Then, it warmed and rained and they are back bigger and better than before! The largest clusters of fungi that I've ever seen here.
I was going to tell you which photo is my favorite, but it's impossible to choose!!