No 2000+ word screeds today, I’m afraid – I’d had all the research done for what I wanted to write, only it turned out to not be what I want to write, and so I’m busy with further research for what I really want to write, which is hopefully going to be what I want to write about tomorrow. I’d be a good distance along by now, except I put an episode of Vera on in the background and got sucked in by mistake. Someday, I’ll have to talk about that show. A complete dissertation will have to wait until I’ve acclimated to the accents. Getting there.
Anyway, seeing as how Seattle’s continuing its campaign to ensure our winter is nothing but cold, wet, soggy, and far from picturesque, I thought I’d put a dash of color in. This is a strange little something I saw growing all over a tree at Juanita Bay during a drippy February two years ago. That’s one thing about fungi. It adds a touch of interest to otherwise drab scenery.
The next time the sky stops dripping, I should go back down to Juanita and see what else is growing round there. You can see things in the winter you wouldn’t be able to see any other season. Leaves, you know. Stupid leaves everywhere. You know what takes care of that? Volcanic eruptions. Also, winter. But the volcanic eruptions are rather more unusual and interesting, so we’ll be discussing their effect on trees within the next week or two. Problem with eruptions is they also strip the fungi from trees, so I suppose when I go to Juanita, I’ll be grateful we’re in the lowland where directed blasts aren’t to blame for the bare branches.
I mean, this never would have survived a good scouring from a pyroclastic density current, would it? It looks rather delicate.
Right. That’s pretty, then. Nature is pretty good at this exterior decorating stuff. At least until other aspects of nature go off like bombs and muck it all up. We could probably have a long and productive conversation about impermanence and that sort o’ thing, but I’ve got to get back to work or you won’t have the enthralling missive on some aspect of volcanic eruptions or other that you deserve.