Boletus edulus?

Several years ago, I found my outdoor picture-taking adventures focused on fungi, not normally in my mental viewscape. Conditions were perfect for ‘shroom growth, and I discovered them scattered across the forest floor. Even at their best, though, some fungi are basically rather ugly….

What kind, you ask? I can’t remember about the underside of this one, but my guess is it’s a boletus, the kind with a spongy underside rather than gills. For you fans of cooking, or of Mario Batali, the Italian porcini is known botanically as a Boletus edulus, and there are other tasty boletes.

But maybe I’m repeating myself!