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A Little Fooler
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Fern(Mi)    Posted 09-02-2004 at 04:13:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Saw this thing while making a hay cutting round. Suspicious seeing it whole rather than crushed on my turn around I ignored it for a paper wasp nest having fallen off the mower conditioner, the machinery having passed before this thing had perhaps vibrated loose here. Leaving it I finished the field and going up to the house I asked Frieda if she’d like a ride out back.
My curiosity getting the better of me I had to return to the scene. Frieda beside me we saw a couple dear grazing the alfalfa field harvested last week Taking the longer round about tour to the fallen what’s it.
So here it is. As usual, I got in close to get a good look….

….eventually deciding it was some sort of a drying down fungi. I was surprised to find it so tough and stable. A puff-ball in this dried state would have been a green cloud of smoke or dust hovering about our persons.

mojo    Posted 09-02-2004 at 04:47:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Poof balls are great fun!I don't know what they really are or if the spores are bad or not, never have bothered me, but to stomp on 'em is a rare treat around here.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 09-02-2004 at 05:10:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
This isn't a puff-ball. But a rather substantial fungi of whatever kind.
Puff balls do make good eating picking them up in their prime. Biggest I ever brought home I fond in a corn field near Lake Michigan some many years ago. Almost filled a half bushel basket. Spent the evening slicing, par-boiling, and packaging it for that Winter’s beef steak meals. Good eating.
In spite of all our wet weather here, I have missed finding any meadow mushrooms this Summer. Still a bit of Summer .and some Fall to go I may find something edible yet. Anything is possible. We’ve seen dandelions come and go again around here these last two weeks.

Doc    Posted 09-02-2004 at 04:24:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Which one is the puff ball?

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