Amber Jelly Fungus, Lichen, and Moss, Watercolor Sketch


Beautiful parasites.
Look closely at nature. There’s life everywhere. There’s a plan. Take your time when inspecting, like you have all the time in the world. Time? Throw away that watch.  Stop checking your cell phone…. Get lost in exploration.

Winter has some secret jewels. It’s not all gloom and gray. Look at the abundance of different life forms supported by this dead branch. Fascinating!
Amber Jelly Roll fungus glistens a deep red color in the sun, Lichen spotted with black spore portals, bright and dark green mosses, dazzles me like a kid with a new toy.

Like a kid I took it home to study and guess what happened? The dry heat of my home, such a drastic contrast to the ecosystem it had, dried up the jelly fungus and discolored the moss. See before and after photos.

Branch Before

Branch After
After (about 18 hours)

I expected this kind of change, but not as quickly. It would have been interesting to record this branch as a time lapse and measure the speed at which the jelly dried up. And do this over again with different controlled room temperature settings.

There’s a secret scientist buried in me somewhere. Others (you know who you are) just call me a nerd. Well…  I LOVE being a nerd.


  1. Hi,

    I still enjoy all your emails. I eventually get to reading them. I so relate to your comment about having a hidden or latent scientist inside you. I feel the same way. I suppose it is our observational skills. I question everything and notice things. I assumed everyone was like that but they aren’t and I marvel at that even, ha ha. I had someone explain to me that it is important for us to take artists seriously (like scientists) because it will be us that will think creatively to problem solve. Also to not follow the herd that could lead to horrible atrocities against humanity….there I go getting too deep.

    Just a quick note to encourage you to keep it up. I was feeling discouraged this morning that I can’t get anything meaningful done for me, I have no one to blame but myself. I need to get out of my own way……so I thought I would come and read one of your letters, to procrastinate, but also inspire me to JUST DO IT! It’s too bad you live all the way across the country for I surely would make the effort to join your group.

    All the best, Jean

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab® S

    1. Jean, I love what you said…it rings so true with me too. And a note on this:
      ” I suppose it is our observational skills. I question everything and notice things. ” THAT’S A GIFT FROM GOD! That’s His gift to you! Isn’t that wonderful! Blessings to you. 🙂

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