If you are a regular visitor to the blog you have seen the beautiful fungus and slime mold photographs of Mark Bower MN. These are not them. He sent me these pictures from a recent hike. Its common names include tree slime, stump flux and slime flux.....well you get the picture.
In the spring, tree roots send up sap toward its branches, kicking in the fuel to grow new shoots and leaves. Wounded trees from bark damage, deer rubs or the subtle effects of a chainsaw do not always change this and the sap will still exude from the wounds. This is the same process that produces your maple syrup.
|Tree slime on dogwood - MB|
|Stump Dog* - Cornell|
Photographs by Mark Bower