Fungi (mushrooms) and algae produce lichen on this dead tree stump. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Yesterday’s post of Lichen was witness to what happens when fungi and algae live together. The fungi benefit from algae that make food through photosynthesis. These images show the lush diversity within these miniature communities. I always feel the presence of a superior entity (God, to me) when I observe such creations.
Colony of mushrooms appear after rains; on less moist days the fungi thrives underground. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Never seen this kind of fungi. The variety at Starved Rock after a few days of rain were many and diverse. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Fungi ring around the tree stump. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
This tree hosts a prolific, rich community. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
The moist walls of the canyon supports more miniature communities. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg.
Not so innocent Trouble copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg
Contented Trouble copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg
Trouble resides at the near-by stable. Imagine a wild, small game hunter who craves the warmth of human kindnesses. Her split personality shows its sweet side in human’s presence allowing her welcome access to each neighbor’s gardens. Since our beloved Tigger has passed, Trouble has added our garden to her expansive territory and into our hearts. Her choice spot is directly under our bird bath, so it is certain the birds don’t share our welcoming attitudes.