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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Tree ornamentation

I’ve been wandering around in the woods again. Every time I walk there I see something I didn’t see before. The following photos were taken over a month ago when the trees were changing and we’d had some rainy weather. The rain always brings out the polypores (I just call them shelf mushrooms and have done with it!) that grow on trees. They come in all different shapes and sizes. Take a look.

This tree has an assortment of different kinds.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Taking a closer look, the two in the following photo look like little round cakes or tortes, complete with icing around the edges.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey


Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

There is of course the albino variety.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

This one has its own SBM patch. (small brown mushroom)

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey


Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

This type of polypore always grows on dead birch trees with no exception. I think they like their host family!

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

To me this one looks like an alligator’s head! 

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

This tree is trying to grow a beard.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Then there are the other kinds of strange growths.

This one on closer inspection looks like it just burst through the bark in one big eruption.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

This one encircled the entire trunk of this tree like a knobby girdle. Looks a bit like a tadpole or some kind of embryo from this angle.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

I like these strange appendages to trees and find them interesting. If you don’t find them interesting just wait a bit. They tend to grow on you as time goes by.

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