After posting photos of the Shaggy Mane mushrooms a few days ago, I went out and photographed some more specimens we had scattered around. I also did some reading up on Shaggy Manes and learned that yes, they are edible. That said, you couldn't pay me to eat them. I'm not enough of a mushroom aficionado to risk my life eating wild mushrooms. Call me fussy.
Shaggy Manes apparently can't be grown commercially because they're so short-lived. Within hours of picking, they dissolve into black "ink." Even in the wild, they turn to ink quickly.
Here's the photo I originally put on the blog:
...and the exact same group twenty-four hours later.
You can see the spatters of black ink on the ground beneath the umbrellas. Not exactly as tasty-looking, are they?
Here are some more mushroom shots just for fun.
Can you see the edges just turning to ink?
This one is pretty much on its last gasp.