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Where did the time go? Well, some of it went to walking in the woods.
From today’s walk.
Have some mushrooms.
Well, not all of them are odd, but certainly there were some on a recent walk.
This was the first one. Why had someone chiseled 3 holes into this tree trunk? It was done by humans, not animals; I know pileated woodpeckers peck rectangular holes, but they aren’t quite as rectangular and smooth-sided as this. And it looked like it was a few years old, and dug in rather than being a simple blaze.
But here’s the other thing—the tree originally caught my eye because it was so obviously 2 trees nestled together; the trunks stood out because they were differently coloured.
Except they weren’t. Higher up, they were clearly joined, and in fact the split doesn’t go through to the other side of the tree.
This burned out stump wasn’t an oddity, particularly, but the hole was like an eye to the rest of the forest.
Another oddity. When trees fall over I’m not used to seeing the end with the roots suspended fifteen feet up. (It had fallen into the space between two other trees and jammed fairly high off the ground, and the weight of the crown had pulled the root ball into the air.)
And this isn’t an oddity at all, just some nice fungus.
And a detail, because I can.
The light of a winter sun is one of my favourite things. So have some beauty to share.
The wee, wee eggs!
Actually, they’re fruiting bodies. It’s from the Nidulariaceae family, if you’re into the Latin. Wikipedia says, The nests are “splash-cups”. When a raindrop hits one at the right angle, the walls are shaped such that the eggs are expelled to about 1 m away from the cup in some species.
This is growing on our back gate. I’m not sure it’s a good sign for the overall health of our gate.
From yesterday’s walk in the woods.
From a couple of days ago.