Making Spore Prints from Mushrooms
I stopped the car and turned around to take a closer look. There was a pretty good patch going on a mowed and empty lot.
Since I couldn't carry the delicate things and drive at the same time, I handed three of them to my helpful wife to hold until we got home.
When we got home I showed the children how to make spore prints. If you've never made them before, it's a fun exercise as well as being very helpful in identifying your mushroom's species.
Step 1: Pick Some Mushrooms
This is easy and fun. Just don't eat them because death.
Step 2: Get Some Paper
Take it from Dad's printer. He won't care.
Step 3: Cut Off the Stems
This is important. If you don't do it, your spore prints will look blurry and stupid.
Here - do this:
Step 4: Lay the Caps on Your Paper
Leave them alone for some hours, preferably overnight.
Step 5: Reveal Your (Well... God's) Art!
Alternately, you can print on glass... then scrape the spores off and spread them around your yard to start new mushrooms. I also toss the mushrooms I find right into the mulch of my food forest.