550 pieces, artwork by Mark Fredrickson. This one was a bit harder than it looks- not much piece shape variation and it has more four-knob pieces than I’ve ever seen in a puzzle before! The pieces are definitely individual- none can mismatch by accident- but the variations are so subtle it was hard to do so visually. It’s really dense with details, lots of lovely textures and fall colors, and the surface has a nice quality feel. I only wish I’d had the 1,000-piece version, as I finished this one in just five days. There are nine animals in the background and around the dog (some more hidden than others)- owl, deer, squirrel, raccoon, weasel, mouse, rabbit, woodpecker and fox. I like the rabbit- it reminds me of Albrecht Durer’s young hare.
I think of this one as my first quarantine puzzle. By far not the first one I’ve put together since covid time began, but it’s the first one I got brave enough to go purchase secondhand off someone’s porch (and then leave sit untouched for half a week). Very glad no missing pieces (that has happened to me way too often with thrift store puzzles, so I don’t buy them anymore).