While living in California, I've had the chance to see a lot of new and rather cool things. Growing up in Colorado, I'd never seen a live, wild praying mantis. Nor terrestrial snails. Nor tidepools.
I did see a lot of mushrooms and fungi, but never on the scale seen here. This pile is visible from the main road into base, and has been growing for a couple of months now. I meant to go take pictures around Christmas time, but didn't manage it.
And because silliness is a good thing...
Kitchen ant explores!
Explorer duck shows the way