Friday, October 28, 2016


A fascinating array of color and life forms inhabit this old windfall. Gnarly white bracket fungus oozes out of dark bark recesses...then doesn’t quite know what to do without a vertical surface on which to cantilever.

Emerald moss seeks out a bit more light on surfaces in brighter shade. And blue-green and gold lichen—a composite, symbiotic organism comprising both a fungus and moss’s more primitive cousin, an alga—likely took up residence here before either of its neighbors.

It is a study, too, of endurance. Fungi and mosses, surviving deep Minnesota winters, can live for years. Lichen, given a more durable substrate than this bark—which is being devoured by the fungus—can easily grow for centuries.


jean said...

If we slow down and really look at things, we can see some lovely and amazing sights, can't we? I always am in awe of how Nature uses and recycles every bit of itself. And I love that it is usually not in a hurry! :)

Jeffrey Willius said...

That's for sure, Jean. Nature's ways tend to put our petty notions of time in perspective. To Nature, each of us is just the blink of an all-knowing eye.

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