What kind of wild mushroom is this? Answered
I live in the mountains of Central Idaho where the Winters can be brutal. We head South to Baja California every Fall and don't return to the mountain until April/May.
For the past 2 years I've come home to find a single mushroom growing inside, by a Northwest-facing door jam. The house is winterized (not heated) and our elevation is about 4,500 ft.
As you can see by the pics, this mushroom is as big as my hand and it sends out a lot of spores. (last picture)
It reminds me of a (yummy!) Chanterelle, but I'm no mushroom expert. I've seen that species in Northwest Washington at much lower elevations, but never here on the mountain.
lol... I SO wanted to saute this baby up but common sense prevailed.
Do we have any mushroom experts in the house? What do you think it is?