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Lakewood 2010

On October 17, 2010 I found these fungi north Scenic Highway 30A at the junction with Lakewood Drive. These are the first I've found on this site this year. I have never noticed these small puffballs in clusters amid sometimes-mowed grasses and other wild plants several yards square. On Oct. 31, I determined the average puffball diameter is about 1 cm. On Nov. 4 there was little change. On Nov. 11 some were still there. Each week the puffballs look more weathered, but basically intact.

On December 12, 2010 I found the first of the large earthballs I've been watching for all fall. The ones I saw last January appear in the video Earthlings Meet Earthballs. In the photo below, the right fungus looks older and the left one is just opening. Together they measure about 13 cm. wide. See the photo after that for progress on December 26, 14 days later. On January 2, 2011, they have been crushed along with a fresh new large earthball whose petals are severed and scattered. They were hardly recognizable on January 7.

two large earthballs

two earthballs, Dec. 26, 2010

Puffball Watch, 2010-2011.

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