Well I saw no teddy bears but I did find a couple of other things of interest.
The most interesting thing was jelly. Some lumps of opaque jelly on rotting wood. Some of the jelly globules had black dots in them and immediately I thought of frog spawn. But in January? On rotting wood? So I posted the photo on Facebook and quickly received the reply ‘regurgitated frogspawn’. Then another more specific reply, most likely Exidia thuretiana but if you can see any white crystals inside them it makes them Myxarium nucleatum. And then again Looks like some very old Bird’s Nest Fungus in the bottom right too! (The specific IDs came from Richard Shotbolt).
My curiosity led me to crop the image and look at the Bird’s Nest Fungus more closely. Then I noticed the black dots in the jelly looked like tiny bugs. So I am seeking advice again. What do you think? What have I photographed here?I also photographed a Lesser Celandine – very early indeed. And this beautiful lichen, which may be Graphis scripta.
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Nothing says Happy New Year like ‘regurgitated frogspawn’! Good job, Andrew! 😉
I think I saw it on an haute cuisine menu recently Marilyn 😂
What ever it is-“plum fascinating.” Never have I seen anything like this before. Hopefully your batteries, will be recharged while on the trip.
I hope so Yvonne but I’ll be watching closely for your updates.
Thanks Andrew. Will do update on Friday. He continues to make progress. Flexing legs and squeezing our hands on command.
That’s very good news Yvonne.
Very curious, but I’m no help. By the way all the blue-tits, coal-tits and great-tits are hanging out in our garden.
Ah well, at least they have gone to a good home.
I suppose this is surely already been considered, but couldn’t the specks just be bits of rotted bark? Or possibly tree frog or toad spawn. Again, probably too cold for that. Or there are some whitish jelly fungi but I don’t think they are translucent. When I was a kid, I used to find a jelly-like substance on cherry trees in the woods.
I thought so originally Steve but looked at large on the screen they are (or were) animal. The suggestion is ticks or mites.
So maybe, after the 50’s thriller, these are now our friend, the tick eating Blob.
Frog eggs? I would not eat it, Andrew. Could it be the remnants of the bear’s pick-nick?
It’s a fair bet, Gerard.
Look forward finding out what the jelly is!
Well I think I have the ID agreed but I’m now wondering how the bugs got in there. Carnivorous fungi?
I wouldn’t be surprised. I was thinking it looked like a sort of fungi.
I hope your trip is wonderful and fruitful in photos.
I don’t know what it is, but it’s not pretty! Enjoy your trip to Vienna. I hope we get to see some photos.
Thank you 😊. The camera will be packed for sure. I think it’s going to be cold.
It’s probably snot what you think.
And not to be sniffed at.
Nor sneezed at….
I think that’s actually the remains of the first drummer from Spinal Tap.
A great film. It could be him.
Right, well he did turn into a little green globule but I suppose over time the color may have faded.