I came across these lovely puffballs last month (April 2015), in the grounds of the Hotel Semáforo de Bares, Galicia, Spain (1). This is a beautiful place with panoramic views over the sea and Cape Bares (Cabo de Bares) in Galicia, Spain.
Although we usually only pop in for a coffee, the hotel has a great restaurant and would be a terrific place to stay. It also has nice puffballs in the Spring! These fungi are edible apparently, at least when they are still white on the inside, but I haven’t tried one. They are called Mosaic Puffballs (Handkea utriformis) which is quite a good name given their scaly appearance.
Looking north-west from the Hotel Semáforo de Bares towards the cape – Cabo Estaca de Bares – with the lighthouse. A good birdwatching site!
Looking south-east towards a small island – Illa Coelleria – which also appears to have a lighthouse on it. This island is off the small peninsula between Bares and the larger port of Viveiro. Costa da Mariña Occidental, on Google Maps.
I am an entomologist with a background in quarantine pests and invasive invertebrates. I studied zoology at Imperial College (University of London) and did a PhD on the population dynamics of a cereal aphid (Metopolophium dirhodum) in the UK. I spent 5 years with the British Antarctic Survey studing cold hardiness of Antarctic invertebates and 17 years with the Food and Environment Research Agency. My main interests now are natural history, photography, painting and bird watching.