Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery website a group of volunteers had just begun to care for and restore the neglected property. While I walked in local parks and in my neighborhood, they worked hard to bring order back to the cemetery, so that it's now a favorite destination for many people and dogs in the neighborhood.
A few years ago I found my way back to the cemetery and discovered that the very old Coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) trees that are the majority of the trees in the cemetery have attracted many fungi.
Two of the most deadly poisonous mushrooms of our area both fruit in the cemetery. In the fall and early winter Amanita phalloides, also known as the Death Cap can be found, sometimes in large numbers. Last weekend I found the first of the Amanita ocreata, or (Western) Destroying Angel. So far, only a few have shown themselves, but in past years they've been quite plentiful at the beginning of spring and I hope to see more before the end of mushroom season!