I took this photo in 1985 in the woodland picnic area on Transco property a few miles west of Chatham, Virginia; it was one of those warm August days when there were light showers from time to time.
Quite a few mushrooms have characteristics that allow identification with reasonable accuracy. This species which has conspicuous red colors is rarely overlooked by hikers with searching eyes. Although it is considered edible, red pores are a known warning sign that some mushrooms are poisonous — be careful!
The illustrations are described as follows:
(Also see these photographs in larger format, and an index to other mushrooms.)
Copyright © 2006 William T. Hathaway.