Friday, December 10, 2010

Wood Pile, Part V

 Wood sharks.

 Okay, the face of decay.

 The face of the decomposers that are imperceptibly digesting and disappearing my wood pile.  I say "the face" because what you see is only the fruiting bodies of the fungi.  Pull some bark back and you'll find the real "monster". The magic mycelium. 

 The mycelium is made up of a mass of filaments called hyphae.  These branch out through the wood and basically eat it. 
That's why I say, "help the hyphae heat the house, heap the fire higher".
More poetically, Robert Frost's poem, The Wood-pile talks about the "slow smokeless burning of decay".

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