I picked up this piece of wood when we were out walking over the weekend. It's not the first time I've found pieces that are the colour of copper when oxidation has turned it that beautiful verdigris colour. Each piece carries the hue throughout, but knowing this has never made me stop and wonder why. The colouration is caused by a pigment called xyleindein which is found in a lovely little fungus called Green Elfcup. I've never managed to find either it or the Scarlet Elfcup, but I live in hope. It's nice to have had one little mystery solved though.
Wow you really do notice the small things. It has never occured to me to research green fungi. Now if you could tell me what made my cherry tree wood purple.... it did carve up into some really pretty purple spoons!ReplyDelete
Sometimes my curiosity gets the better of me....Google helped me out with this one! ArilxDelete
I've seen this too - nature is wonderful :)ReplyDelete
It's such a rich colour isn't it. ArilxDelete
How are your macrame skills? You could make that fabulous find into a pendant. xxxReplyDelete
Non existent!! I've put it out on display already. ArilxDelete