We found this puffball on the verge of the lane running into the village. It was gone the next morning, perhaps harvested for the pan by a passing funghi lover.
A few days later and another has appeared in the same spot. Left to its own devices it will eventually ripen and change into something similar to the specimen below, expelling spores to be cast far and wide on the wind.
|“Old Giant puffball Calvatia gigantea” by Michael Gäbler. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –|