I am continually surprised at all the bizarre and strange forms of life there are out there that suddenly appear in our neighborhood. This morning I discovered these things growing on the big pile of willow wood chips I have in my pasture. They are slime molds. Slime molds used to be thought of as fungus, but now they have their own classification. They reproduce by spores and feed on bacteria, yeasts, and fungi. Below are some closeups of the varmint.
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