Monday, June 21, 2010

Good Morning, Maple

I couldn’t find any creepy crawlies hanging out on my maple tree this morning, but that doesn’t mean the tree isn’t thriving with life. The tree is host to all kinds of living things. Here are a few examples:

I cut this branch off the tree a few years ago so visitors wouldn’t have to duck below it as they strolled down our brick sidewalk to the front door. Now it’s the perfect home for this interesting black mold.

In the center of this image you can see a flat, seafoam green lichen that’s taken up residence on the trunk. On the left, you can see it’s sharing space with a forest green lichen that looks like a tiny evergreen forest and a different light green lichen that has a rougher surface.

This leaf holds the promise of new life. I have no idea what’s developing inside those long, vertical eggs. Maybe we’ll find out next week.

Enjoy every day of this sunny summer. They’ll be gone before we know it.

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