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This looks like an ordinary park bench, right?


But, if you look closer …


No, closer …


Then you will see that, even here, on a presumably treated and processed and painted (or stained) piece of wood, fungi are active.

The bright orange blobs are the aptly named Orange Jelly fungus (Dacryomyces stillatus) and the washed-out yellow blobs are probably Yellow Brain Fungus (Tremella mesenterica) – I say probably because there’s another fungus that looks a lot like this one, Tremella aurantia, but it’s parasitic on a third fungus, Hairy Curtain crust (Stereum Hirsutum), which does not appear to be present here – but who knows what’s lurking inside the wood?