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10-28-15 mystery photo2 025Can you identify what this design is, or how it was made? Please post responses under “comments” on my blog, and if you have enough self-restraint, don’t peak at others’ responses until you’ve posted your own! Thank you!

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51 responses

  1. betsy hawes

    sleet sliding down a windshield

    October 28, 2015 at 8:00 am

  2. David Thomas-Train

    some kind of fungus on a tree?

    October 28, 2015 at 8:04 am

  3. No earthly idea what it is, but it is SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

    October 28, 2015 at 8:05 am

  4. Dan Jaffe

    Beaver snacking on tree bark?

    October 28, 2015 at 8:08 am

  5. Grace

    An animal – doesn’t quite look like a chipmunk, but doesn’t seem deep enough for a bear…

    October 28, 2015 at 8:10 am

  6. This looks like sleet or snow running down a windshield or window pane, perhaps in smoggy air to give it the dingy color. This is a good challenge to me. Keep up the great articles. Love ’em.

    October 28, 2015 at 8:10 am

  7. Bobbie

    Knawing of tree bark by…. Not sure what part of the tree this is perhaps a deer or moose.

    October 28, 2015 at 8:12 am

  8. Dara Johnson

    Underside of a fern

    October 28, 2015 at 8:20 am

  9. Lynn

    Scar on a squash?

    October 28, 2015 at 8:22 am

  10. rodent, rabbit-mouse , chewing bark of black cherry sapling

    October 28, 2015 at 8:22 am

  11. David Porter

    IT looks like a resupinate mushroom (a crust) on a dead branch of a cherry tree.

    October 28, 2015 at 8:25 am

  12. Spreading fungus on either a cherry or birch tree.

    October 28, 2015 at 8:26 am

  13. Cindy

    Fungus on tree bark.

    October 28, 2015 at 8:29 am

  14. Anthony Borton

    Beaver chews on Black Birch log

    October 28, 2015 at 8:30 am

  15. Chris

    Fungus on tree or rock

    October 28, 2015 at 8:36 am

  16. Jean Dedam

    Chewed edge of a leaf, perhaps from a maple tree, don’t know what critter did the chewing.

    October 28, 2015 at 8:47 am

  17. Marilyn

    A watermelon with a fungus.

    October 28, 2015 at 8:49 am

    • Marilyn

      Nope; what’s been eaten away looks woody. And there’s a lichen.

      October 28, 2015 at 8:54 am

  18. jan gendreau

    It looks like a rodent has spent time on a winter squash!

    October 28, 2015 at 9:06 am

  19. Marilyn McVicker

    The edge of bark on a tree or woodsy plant. Where the solidified bark meets the newer, greener growth. ??

    October 28, 2015 at 9:08 am

  20. Pat Ladd

    wild guess…squash being eaten by small creature…

    October 28, 2015 at 9:17 am

  21. A fungus of some kind, possibly on a birch log. The lichen is a clue…

    October 28, 2015 at 9:20 am

  22. Sonya

    antler rub?

    October 28, 2015 at 9:20 am

  23. Viola

    collected frozen rain (hail or sleet) on a windshield

    October 28, 2015 at 9:55 am

  24. david putnam

    Leaves/needles/slush on a windshield

    October 28, 2015 at 9:55 am

  25. Mike Doten

    Blue Hubbard Squash sliced through

    October 28, 2015 at 10:16 am

  26. Kate

    Growth on rock, fungus?

    October 28, 2015 at 10:17 am

  27. Careful photo of the very edge of a beaver chewed stump or log, perhaps striped maple

    October 28, 2015 at 10:23 am

  28. Kathy Schillemat

    Porcupine chew?

    October 28, 2015 at 10:23 am

  29. Peter Hollinger

    Porcupine-gnawed bark?

    October 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

  30. Kathie Fiveash

    To me it looks like the pink encrusting marine algae that grow on the tidepool rocks in Maine. But that other bit looks like a terrestrial lichen, which would pooch that theory.

    October 28, 2015 at 10:41 am

  31. Suza

    I don’t know…my initial thought was a whale. Like, with barnacles on it. But now I don’t think so. My other thought is that it could be a tree with some sort of growth on it, because of the likens on the top of the picture.

    October 28, 2015 at 11:12 am

  32. Some kind of tree parasite on bark?

    October 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm

  33. canyonlands, on a blustery day with snow/sleet coming down!

    October 28, 2015 at 12:07 pm

  34. Beaver gnawing on aspen bark

    October 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm

  35. Fungus growing on the bark of a fallen (dead) tree branch or trunk.

    October 28, 2015 at 12:52 pm

  36. looks like nibbling of some kind on a sapling of some kind….

    October 28, 2015 at 1:28 pm

  37. Hope McLaughlin

    Claw or teeth marks on a green gourd.

    October 28, 2015 at 1:40 pm

  38. Hi Mary… Per your request, I scrolled down for comment without looking at the others…
    I would say this is a young dead cherry tree lying down on the forest floor, possibly a birch…
    After I post this, I will then read the other comments and as is typically the case, I get it wrong!
    BF… WGF Studio53

    October 28, 2015 at 2:34 pm

  39. I haven’t looked at the other comments, but could this be a dead birch or maybe aspen (I think I see diamond-shaped lenticils) log or tree trunk? The top thin outer-layer of bark is peeling away revealing a woody inner layer. There is a small amount of foliose lichen on the top of the dark peeling layer (upper right just off center).

    October 28, 2015 at 2:51 pm

  40. Deb Cato

    I think it’s a fungus, either Gloeoporus dichrous or Phlebia radiate

    October 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm

  41. Kathie Fiveash

    It looks like there is a thorn in the midst of part of the pink stuff. Hmmm.

    October 28, 2015 at 3:07 pm

  42. I have NOT peeked at comments above! I think I see a little piece of lichen, for scale, and since you’ve been on a fern/fungi kick I”m going with some sort of fruiting event from something in the Fungi kingdom. I’m pretty bad at those guys. Or, slime mold?

    October 28, 2015 at 7:04 pm

  43. I’m guessing porcupine nibbles.

    October 28, 2015 at 9:17 pm

  44. Kimberly

    bark beetle or squash borer

    October 28, 2015 at 9:38 pm

  45. Jean Harrison

    slime mold on wood

    October 29, 2015 at 12:03 am

  46. Slime mold!

    October 29, 2015 at 5:35 am

  47. It looks like tree bark that has been chewed away by something!

    October 29, 2015 at 7:18 am

  48. Barbara G

    Porcupine gnawing on tree bark.

    October 29, 2015 at 11:50 am

  49. Wallie

    I give up- how about a few more clues next time like what is the magnification? we could be looking at anything from slime jellies to three week old mold on a barbecue –

    October 29, 2015 at 6:23 pm

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