We recently spotted something in local flower beds and lawns we hadn’t seen in a while — mushrooms. The toadstools apparently sprouted after recent rains, and although the homely fungi aren’t universally admired, we greeted them as a welcome sign that the ground around here isn’t as bone-dry as it used to be.

The state has experienced drought conditions this summer, and recent rains have provided a nice respite.

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning recently lifted a statewide burn ban implemented in response to the drought, although officials caution that dry conditions have not ended.

Here’s hoping for a little more rain — not a flood, mind you, but some modest precipitation to remind us of what a good shower looks like.

And maybe it’s not too much to ask for a few more mushrooms, too.