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Don't know what that mushroom is in the top image of the composite, however I thought it looked pretty good. I have been out hiking the mountains quite a bit here of late. Sort of thought that I might have to give that all up with gas prices being as they are but I got rid of the truck and got something that gives me a bit more milage for less money. Anyway, that bottom image appears to be a species of Cordyceps, the notorious ant killer, though this one may not be the culprit. I did not dig it up to see what the host was that lay underneath, I imagine it was probably some sort of caterpillar. When out and about in these mountains, I try to leave nature in her place as much as possible.
I ran across the firey orange mushrooms back on a trail of unknown origin. The places I visit are not managed trails but those made by hunters and animals on the prowel. It is in places like this that you are one on one with nature. There are no park ranger stations for miles and the chances of you being found in these places, should you befall some unfortunate circumstance, are slim to none. As for a location or name for the area, it is only a number on a topographical map of conture lines. So one has to be careful and watchful in these places and be prepared should the worst occur. Hey...stuff happens, to put it mildly.
That spider on the bottom, I do not know what kind it is. I call them Woods Spiders and this is a baby compared to most others I see. Folks these things can get to the size of a tennis ball and they are extremely, I mean, EXTREMELY, aggressive. They don't put up with much. I poked one in the butt, a big one, with the tip my fly rod one day and it promptly turned around and bit it! Don't know if they are poisonous but I imagine they would make you wish you would just go ahead and die and get it over with, if one should bite you.