Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wednesday Vignette, life on a stump

Although it's hard to tell, the subject of the photo below — and thus my Wednesday Vignette — is a stump. It's the stump of a once giant Photinia that grew between our driveway and the neighboring house..

I find myself watching this stump through out the year, there's so much life on it. Those little white-tipped things send a fine powder into the air when flicked.

The different moss and fungus are numerous.

But it's the turkey-tail mushroom that really captures my imagination. I had taken a dry (summertime) photo of it too, but now I can't seem to track that down.

The stump is part of the property that's for sale next to us (the subject of a past Wednesday Vignette), which has an offer pending. We don't know anything about the possible buyers, or their intentions. If stump destruction looks immanent I might just have to take matters into my own hands and rescue it. Andrew's handy with a saw...

Weather Diary, Dec 5: Hi 50, Low 34/ Precip 0

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18 comments:

  1. That stump is indeed a thing of beauty! Aren't turkey tail mushrooms so cool?

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    1. They are, and so many different colors!

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  2. That is in fact a miniature garden teeming with life. There is a whole universe on that forgotten stump and I'm glad you are standing guard.

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  3. Definitely worth saving this stump if removal seems imminent. Fern table? Moss garden? The possibilities are numerous.

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  4. That's one good-looking stump! Maybe you should inquire if the current owners would object to your removing this potential "tripping hazard" on their property before it becomes an issue in a home inspection...

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    1. Ha! I like the way you think. The current owners are rather "removed" (long story) so maybe I should just get on with it.

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  5. Have to laugh when you think about how hard we try to create something that looks like that stump. I would definitely try to rescue it if need be.

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  6. I always say there is no death in the garden, this proves my point.

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    1. I briefly wondered if cutting the stump would somehow alter the conditions for the worse. Then I walked by a pile of firewood (I think that's what they'll do with it) up the street and saw similar life.

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  7. Hope you get nice new neighbors! Wouldn't it be fun if they were gardeners? :)

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    1. YES YES YES! I'd settle for just took care of the property.

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  8. There's a documentary on Netflix called "The Magic of Mushrooms." It's basic mushroom education, but the photography and video are fantastic!

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