Puffballs are easy to recognize. They are small fungi that produce spores inside the ball of tissue. The spores will escape when the ball either ruptures or develops a small opening on top.
Puffball season is early summer through fall. Dried specimens can be found year round.
If you find puffballs that are mature it is a lot of fun to tap them with your foot to release the puffs of spores!
Photos by Molly Hicks