Small And Mighty

Stump Puffball Lycoperdon pyriforme

There appeared to be hundreds of these tiny balls swarming over a mound of earth near the river. They are apparently feeding off a buried stump, and are usually seen in large numbers.

Stump Puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme) October 2019 © Pete Hillman.

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  1. I used to see these quite often when I was little in the woods behind my house. Some got to be quite big, like a grapefruit squashed down to half its height. My friends and I used to kick them to watch the “dust” fly. At some point we stopped doing this because we somehow got in in our heads that the “dust” was probably poisonous. 🙂 I still don’t kick them but now out of respect for nature and letting things run their course.

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  2. You have certainly got a lot of different varieties of fungi near you. Excellently photographed as always. I have an unusual one in my garden which I’ll try and get a photo of and see if you can help ID it.

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  3. The world beneath our feet is always full of surprises and new sights. Looking down and all around is something most people miss as they’re always in a hurry to get to their destination.

    Thanks for sharing, Pete.

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