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This is Monotropa uniflora, a parasitic plant, still identifiable as a wintry corpse.



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Moss draws life-giving water from melting snow. A droplet clings to the dried sporangia.

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A mollusk (probably a slug) has crawled up this tree, rasping away algae with its radula as it went.

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A missing flake of bark from a pitch pine reveals a small wood-boring insect gallery.

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This swelling on a scrub oak stem is a gall, probably made by a gall wasp or perhaps a midge.

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When they thaw, these Phyllitopsis nidulans mushroom revive. These have a coating of webbing--from a spider, or a mold?

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Snowfleas, a type of springtail, are visible on the surface of the snow.

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Some naturalists trying to get a better picture of these miniscule animals.

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morgi
Dec. 22nd, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
Apparently we have mollusk tracks on the top of our trash bin--I've noticed them in the last couple of weeks and wondered what the heck they were.
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