Someday when you're out walking your combo dog* on a crisp fall day,
you might see one of these ordinary brown toadstools.
It happened to me.
When I stooped to see a bit better, tiny light-sparkles bounced from micro-thin
spider strands stretched across the cap.
What a clever decoration!
From bended knees, I peeked farther under the cap to see sunshine-lit gills.
This often despised-sprout looked more and more like a welcoming shelter.
And from a ground-level view (belly)—what an impressive structure!
The perfect place for tiny folk to relax on a sunny fall afternoon.
At least it was ... until my combo dog rushed back to see what was so interesting.
Turns out toadstools are delicate, not dog-proof at all.
Back to walking.
* What's a combo dog?
That's what you get when you adopt a puppy from the local animal rescue people.
They tell you it's a Labrador retriever, but it turns out to be a
beagle-y, Australian shepherd-ish, terrier-type of mutt.
A cute, smart, adorable one.