About a month ago, I accidentally kicked over this mushroom, back by the QE2 beehive.
I cut it open, to see what it might look like. The inside was dense, and reminded me of ground poppy-seed filling. I rifled around in my gigantic mushroom book, Mushrooms Demystified, and made a tentative identification as being something in Scleroderma genus. I figured this was some kind of Smooth Earthball.
And then yesterday, I was clearing out the weedy non-fruitful, thorny blackberry patch, and uncovered these wonderfully odd things.
The mushrooms had split open in the form of a star. How magical is that?
(This is about as close to a fireworks post as I could manage this year.)