View Full Version : A small stick is an alien landscape

March 21st, 2020, 02:20 PM
A little stick lying on the deck's step. From far to close up. Lol! The strange fungi and lichen that grows on trees here.




March 21st, 2020, 02:50 PM
^ that's amazing! I love the weirdnesses that exist at the micro scale.

Ralph Rotten
March 21st, 2020, 02:56 PM
Missletoe is a parasite plant. It makes its living by sucking resources from its host (sometimes until the host dies.)

We marvel over the plant every holiday season, but really we are rooting for the alien invader in all the sci-fi movies (from the tree's perspective.)

March 21st, 2020, 03:08 PM
Up close, it looks like barnacles and stuff that you would see on a coral reef... fabulous pic, Gumby... ;) this could have been plucked right out of the ocean, or picked up off of a beach...

March 22nd, 2020, 10:09 AM
Seen the same look on a Coral Reef in New Caledonia

March 22nd, 2020, 09:05 PM
It does look very "under the ocean."

I always find something interesting when I take a walk in the woods, but this little stick fell on my steps.

March 22nd, 2020, 09:57 PM
It's a gift. I agree that lichens, moss, and other micro-features in nature are so fascinating... (The gills in mushrooms, the fibonacci spirals in shells and pinecones, for instance) I've been a scuba diver for over a decade, and it's always like visiting a different planet. Very cool.