Saturday, March 1, 2008

Weird Stuff...

While on my walk this morning, I found this stuff near the bottom of a fairly large oak tree. I've never seen anything like it before. It seems to be made of very fine fibers, something like very sparse cotton. In the photos it is covered with heavy “dew” from the mists of the morning. The photo at upper right is a close-up of one piece of the larger mass, all of which is visible in the lower photo.

I didn't want to touch it, as I was afraid I'd damage it – it looks very fragile. I have two thoughts about its nature: (1) it could be a filamentous fungus of some kind, or (2) it might have been produced by an insect. Whatever it is, it's strange. And quite beautiful, when it's covered by dew.

If you're reading this, and you can identify what this is, please leave a comment!

1 comment:

  1. I take it you didn’t hear about the explosion at the Tijuana car re-upholstery factory. This represents a small amount of their inventory.