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Creepy blob of resin on a tree

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.

Colin Purrington Photography: Plants &emdash; Gum blob on bark

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Christmas at Mohonk Mountain House

Some snowy photographs to get everyone in the Christmas mood — just click on photo below to jump to full gallery. In case you’re interested, the coating on needles is from rime frost, not hoar frost.  That said, the title of the photograph below is “Hoar house” because it amuses me.

Hoar house. This photograph was taken at the top of the hill next to Skytop, the folly on the top of the mountain.  FYI, the different parts of the hotel were built at different times.  They are always building new things on it.

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