A walk in the woods on your favorite ski trail is an opportunity to see who else enjoys the change of seasons. This female black bear was traveling with three cubs, two spaniel sized puff balls from the spring and a one year old who climbed his way to safety as we walked quickly by.
Our mild summer and plenty of leaf litter produced this giant puffball mushroom near the tree line in our backyard. It’s estimated an average sized one of these produces 7 trillion (that’s 12 zeros) spores at maturity. Now that’s a lot of spores!