Saturday, January 30, 2010


Here's something remarkable which I see every day on my walks. This tree is completely infested by phomposis galls which are fungal infestations which cause wood to grow in a disorganized fashion. Even though this is a (non-fatal) disease, the overall effect is quite beautiful, especially in winter when the knobbly branches are silhouetted against the sky, looking like some petrified plum blossoms or perhaps a roccoco tracery of stone.

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