While searching for yellow brain fungus on a hot day in December, I stumbled across this twisted little blob of gunk nestled in a bark crevice. At first I was all excited that it might be some sort of snow fungus (e.g., Tremella fuciformis) that was past its prime, but I’m pretty sure it’s just resin, gum, or sap — not sure which. But I’ve never seen resin with little spheres blebbing out, and nothing with a white membrane. It’s creepy. If you have more information or have wild speculation, please send me a note or leave a comment. Approximately 1″ long. Photographed at Lake Mohonk, New Paltz, New York.
I really had wanted this to be a slime mold … perhaps an immature Trichia or Stemonitis. If you’re a slime mold fan, please weigh in.
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Tagged bark, biology, blob, botany, fungi, fungus, gum, Lake Mohonk, membrane, Mohonk Mountain House, New York, resin, sap, slime mold, snow fungus, tree, white
I stumbled upon a solitary mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) flower yesterday while walking around Lake Mohonk in New Paltz. It isn’t the prettiest mountain laurel flower, but it was DECEMBER 27th, approximately six (!) months before one would expect a mountain laurel flower in this area. This December has been the warmest on record for the area, I think, and Christmas Eve was almost 70 °F (!!). Crazy, and really, really sad. This flower isn’t alone, apparently — the New York Times has a compilation of strange phenology across the country.
If you’d like to see photographs of prettier mountain laurel at Mohonk, here are photographs I took a few summers ago.
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Tagged blooming, climate change, flower, flowering, global warming, Kalmia latifolia, Lake Mohonk, Mohonk, Mohonk Mountain House, mountain laurel, New Paltz, phenology, plant, temperature, warm, warming
Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia; Ericaceae) photographs from a June trip to Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York. If you’ve never heard of Mohonk, please have a peek at my other photos, mainly from winter. Put it in your life list.