From the American Audubon Society’s Field Guide to Mushrooms:
At a distance, the Giant Puffball is easily mistaken for a soccer ball, and it can be many times larger. Most puffballs are much smaller, however, and range in size between that of a golf ball and that of a softball. An average-size specimen has been estimated to contain 7 trillion spores.
We found three softball-sizers today at Lambton Woods.
Lambton Woods scenes:
8 am group:
Bird Species list: double-crested cormorant, great egret, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, Cooper’s hawk, red-tailed hawk, killdeer, herring gull, mourning dove, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow. (22 species)
O sweet September rain!
I hear it fall upon the garden beds,
Freshening the blossoms which begin to wane. – Mortimer Collins (1827–76)