Shroooommmsss!

While bringing food out to the Pump Shack kitten this morning, something in the trees nearby caught my eye.

Some of the biggest tree mushrooms I’ve ever seen have shown up in just the past day or so!

They are bigger than my hand.

As I continued my rounds this morning, I kept an eye out. With the rain we’ve been having lately, I found quite a few more.

Some were quite high up, but large enough to spot quite easily. Others were hidden in holes in trees, but still large enough that I could spot them from below, even when high enough that I had to really stretch to get a photo!

Even another of the maple logs has sprouted a bunch!

These mushrooms are all growing only on maples. None on the elms, spruces, willows, etc. Just maples.

Except this one.

I almost missed it at first, thinking it was a pebble! The stump it is growing on is from an old spruce tree. This mushroom might be a puff ball mushroom. I haven’t seen one of those in many years! I used to see them quite often in one particular area, when I was a kid. My later brother and I used to have a blast, finding the ones that were ready to spawn and stomping on them, causing them to explode in clouds of spawn that would drift away.

I’ll be keeping an eye on this one to see if it really is a puff ball. I hope so.

The Re-Farmer

Critter of the Day: photogenic

My critter pictures have finally reached September. We’ve been taking far few pictures of late; the action outside our living room window has dropped significantly. I expect it to pick up later in the fall, when our winter birds return, and the deer start coming back to the feeding station. 🙂

This picture was taken on Sept. 1. That morning, Creamsicle posed quite nicely for us. 🙂

Such a big handsome boy he’s growing up to be! I love the little orange bits on either side of his nose. 🙂

Also, you can see our house in his eyes!