Calvatia gigantea - giant puffballs, picked before quite giantish, in Brooklyn. Their cooked texture may be an acquired taste, but I like it. You peel them first, and they cook to something like firm tofu. Excellent sops for flavor.
We had mushrooms on toast last night: one of these, and a portion of the 8lbs of hen of the woods I brought home.
It was a beautiful day out with enough provisions for several meals and recipe testing.
Some maples have begun to turn.
Ohio buckeye - Aesculus glabra
Buckeyes look delicious, but are not.
Aronia (chokeberry) - above - must be very ripe to collect, and I wouldn't, here.
Horses, from a mushroom hunter's perspective.
A puffball, above.
And a lovely hen (of the woods), a.k.a. maitake, Grifola frondosa.