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Pink Stemonitis Fusca Slime Mold On Stalks

These things are crazy! And if you look really close you can see the pink tubes are connected to the wood by tiny little black stalks. Slime molds are the most ridiculous form of life forms - a bunch of individual cells that live independently most of their life. When its time to make babies they all flow together and create insane fruiting bodies and then either die or separate into individual cells again. Think about it - its like combining with a million other people into ONE superorganism that has emergent characteristics - you and a hundred of your friends could create the stalk that the actual fruiting body made of another thousand people sits on - and your DNA would never get passed on but you are cool with it. Very non human and an amazing organism to think about!

(Mount Tamalpais, California - 3/2014)

Team Badass

Ok, I’m sure a lot of you picked up on this, but I’m going to point it out anyway.

Damon was obviously making amends with people before he died. “Letting go” of them so to speak. Or making it easier for them to let him go. For Elena, it was apologizing for forcing his blood on her.

But did you see how he tried to do it with Ric? When Alaric showed up, Damon immediately began telling him how it was his fault Jenna died, his fault Isobel died, basically listing all the reasons Alaric should hate his guts. He WANTED him to hate him. Damon probably figured it would be easier for both of them to let go if he did.

But Alaric DIDN’T. He REFUSED to. He sat there with Damon, basically forgave him for fucking everything, protected him when Liz showed up, gave him alcohol…

I know all of us are excited about Damon and Elena right now, and how Elena will forgive Damon for everything, but THIS. DID YOU SEE THIS? DAMON INTENTIONALLY TRIED TO MAKE ALARIC HATE HIM AND ALARIC WON’T.

And that is why Damon/Alaric is the fucking OTP of the show right now.

Here are four words that should never be together. This is a chocolate tube slime mold (Stemonitis sp.). It’s related to the stereotypical blob-like amoebae you may have seen in science class. The cells of this creature live independently, but they come together to form reproductive structures like the ones shown above. Here’s an incredible time-lapse video of part of the process.