No, not those kind of mushrooms. Well, at least I don't think so. These are wild mushrooms that are springing up all around my yard. I don't know what kinds of mushrooms any of these are, but there seems to be a broad variety of them growing in my neighborhood. As a kid, I'd notice the occasional small grey mushroom, but nothing like the number and variety we've got here.
I started taking pics, because I want to know what's growing in the area. My son is quite happy to eat most things, and is young enough that you can't really tell him not to eat wild mushrooms and expect that he'll listen. Just the other day, we noticed some small yellow mushrooms on the berm between our driveway and the neighbor's, and as I stopped to look, my son ran over and plucked it. He had it halfway up to his face, whether just to look, or possible to examine via the mouth, I don't know. But that's what sparked up my interest.
As a general rule, I don't eat mushrooms. I used to joke that I don't eat fungi, spores, or molds. I've somewhat expanded my palate slightly, and will on occasion deal with mushrooms, though I much prefer not to eat them. (Though the cloud's ear mushroom you get in Moo Shu isn't so bad.) And I'll occasionally dip a bit into a blue cheese, though again, not exactly my preference. In any case, I don't have plans to go eating any of these. But, sadly, my neighbor whose hobby was studying NJ fungi, has passed on, and I have no one I know to ask. So, anyone who reads this, and knows anything, please feel free to comment, and let me know what you think they are.
These are, by no means the only ones in my area, just the ones that are growing right about now. I'll dump the rest behind a cut to spare the spammage. You should be able to click on the pics for the enormous versions.