Come into the backwoods and I’ll show you something absolutely magical. Fungi abound in this neck of the woods, but this bracket fungus is doing something I’ve not seen others do. It’s crying.
These tears may look like raindrops, but they cover only the fungus, not the surrounding area, except for where they’ve dripped below and discolored the moss. Present on one of the oldest, tallest spruce trees in the yard, one can only wonder what could have caused tears to appear on this Red-belted polypore.
Red-belted polypores are thought to hold anti-bacterial, anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory properties by native and oriental cultures. If this is so, can you imagine what pharmacological mysteries their exudate droplets hold? Since this old spruce tree reigns in a stand of smaller firs and magical Rowan and Elderberry trees, some whimsical wonder must surely be at the bottom of this.
Could this bracket fungus serve as an awning to a fairy door entrance into another realm? An awning, perhaps, which sheds tears of joy when visitors arrive on the doorstep and tears of sadness when they depart. One can only wonder.
For more information on bracket fungi and their exudate droplets, see Red-Belted Bracket Fungi
This post is written in response to Karma’s ‘In Want of Whimsy’ Challenge. Deadline for submissions is June 22nd.
Text and photographs copyright Amy-Lynn Bell 2014