Thursday, April 08, 2010

Goo Day

Happy Goo Day!

I was mistaken in thinking that I'd already missed Orange Goo Day this year... That is, the day the Cedar-Apple Rust and Cedar-Qunice Rust make their outlandish annual appearances.

Hooray! I hate to miss it. This year the appendages seem more noodly than ever, don't they? I wonder if that's because it's rained so much in the past year.

Well, if you aren't hip to the whole orange goo phenomenon, don't fret. I wasn't either, until we moved out to the country. You can read my past posts (with slightly more scientific explanations) here.

So, was it Goo Day with you too? Did you have fun shouting sporulation and heteroecious and gelatinous telial spore horns?


LauraP said...

Interesting specimans! We celebrate Goo a week or two later than you. Thanks for the heads-up though. I might have forgotten to watch for it, if you can imagine that.

Ericka said...

happy goo day! i've never seen it here, but i've not seen cedar trees here either.

soon it will be time for star wars day! (may the fourth be with you...) i like holidays that no one else celebrate.

Wayne said...

Until today, we've been too dry here for the celebrated Gymnosporangium goo day.

Looks like a flying spaghetti monster. If only they read blogs written by people who take a look around them, the FSM people would know we've found their deity, it's orange, and it roosts in JUNIPERS.

Anonymous said...

It's the simple things in life that give the most pleasure. Like Goo Day.

LauraHinNJ said...

No goo here in NJ, yet.

Pablo said...

No goo in my part of Missouri. Yet.

Rurality said...

Laura, they were extra juicy this year. :)

Ericka, I hadn't heard that one before - love it!

Wayne, I'll bet you get them soon.

Anon, you have it exactly.

LauraH, it will come soon for you, I hope.

Pablo, I hope you don't miss it. I can't remember if you have a lot of cedars on your place or not.

elizabeth said...

I have seen some weird things in the woods, but never that! Freaky!

Shannon said...

We don't seem to have any here, but I am definately going to find some occasion to shout "sporulation!". :)

R.Powers said...

I thought this was going to be a post on dog slobber.

Rurality said...

Elizabeth, we never saw them at our place near B'ham either. There are just a lot more cedars here.

Shannon, you have to have the secondary host nearby too. Well, within a mile or so... any type of apple, even crabapple. Or a quince.

FC, it so easily could have been. :)

Pamela said...

The first time I saw that stuff I thought it was an alien invastion.

Fortunately -- we don't get it here where I live!