Yesterday I really didn’t have anything special in mind as I headed out so drove over to Quabbin Park. It is not opening until 7 now so a sunrise there was not possible but the sky was mostly overcast so that wasn’t a problem. I thought about a few wildflowers I’ve shot there before but once I found them they were a little spent and I already have several in the archives.
Then I remembered this post from last year, a few weeks later than it is currently, and thought to visit the log again to see how things have changed. As you might imagine 49 weeks do make a difference.
The color has increased and the decay developed some nice patterning.
Spalting is caused by competition between several wood rot fungi and the lines and patterns are created when they meet. Woodworkers find the patterns attractive and especially value it for bowls and boxes. It can be in high demand and some folks will actually inoculate wood with fungal spores to encourage the decay. These examples are naturally occurred on a log the Quabbin maintenance people left after downing quite a few Red Pines-Pinus resinosa that had to be felled due to infestation by Red Pine Scale-Matsucoccus resinosae that attacks the needles. Once the trees are weakened they are then attacked by various bark beetles that finish the job. Most just dry up and disintegrate but this one developed into a piece of art.