For years I've only seen the Fly Agaric [Latin: Amanita muscaria] in photos or illustrations. The earliest illustration was in a German language edition of Grimm's Fairy Tales (Grimms Maerchen) that my mother brought back from Germany as a gift in the early 1960s. Then after a week of rain in October I spotted a number of these Amanita fungi. This mushroom is very beautiful to look at but also very poisonous. It's early button stage can be confused with other edible varieties which would be why this mushroom has ended up in the odd culinary dish with unwelcomed results.
Here is a series of photos taken Hastings Park on Renfrew south of East Hastings Street in Vancouver. There was a break in the rain which provided ideal conditions for the growth of fungi, mosses and other organisms.