After a the long dry summer, we had a 3-4 inches of rain in one day last week. The brown Bay Area hills are already showing some green as a result. My back patio has its own explosion of new life. The pile of niger seeds and discarded sunflower seeds below the finch feeder has grown what from a distance looks like some long black animal fur. In fact, the first time the cat saw it, he was taken aback and very hesitant as he went over to examine the strange fur on the other side of the patio. Upon closer view, one sees some impressive spore growth. Each day it gets taller and thicker. Flies buzz around and get stuck amongst the sticky thick. I rescued one with a tiny twig, but one of his legs was injured from being stuck to the mass.