Blackfoot Recreation Area: A98 to Meadow Shelter

Fifteen people came out to hike Blackfoot Lake in the middle of summer. The growth was more lush than we had seen in the past, because of all the rain we’ve been having this summer. The views, of course, were spectacular.

Below is a photo of Tapioca Slime Mold, Brefeldia maxima, a common mold that we are seeing a lot of this year. It’s not a fungus, but a single-celled creature with many nuclei. And it moves—although too slowly to notice it—as it searches for decaying matter to consume.

Many thanks to Irene and Scott for leading this hike. You can find more photos on Flickr.

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