This is a time lag set of photos. The first was taken on April 9, 2014 at 11:04 PM. The second photo taken on April 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM.
The location was at my home in Bethesda, Maryland.
The "Take it!" first came at discovering this section of a dead tree branch that had fallen into my yard from one of the large maple trees that are in the front of the house. What caught my
attention was the almost rosette formation of mold on this section of the branch. I thought it might be a nice item to find a place for inside the house as something that would be an
unusual display of nature.
I had placed the branch on top of a chest of drawers that is in my home office as a place for it to be while I found a place to put it. This seems to be where I put many things that are in
this kind of interim state.
I had decided to take the branch down to my basement where I have some wood working tools, ( saws, sanders, etc ) to give this item a smooth cut surface upon which to stand it up on its end for a
space saving in display. I must say I was horrified to see the little pile of termite droppings on the surface of the chest of drawers letting me know I had a very unwelcome visitor that
had gotten a free ride into the warmth of my house. I was torn about weather or not to toss this item out when it occurred to me to try to rid the host of its creature by giving it some
time in my microwave. Yep, about 7 minutes did the trick. I kept a close watch on this procedure as did not want the wood to catch fire, just rid the collectable of the unwanted
The branch is back up on the top of the chest of drawers as it has gone through quite a trauma and lucky for it and me - was able to keep the rosette formation well enough for me to put it on
display after it has had a little more time to calm down - lol.
This entire procedure is not one that I would recommend for anyone else. I think I was just lucky that it turned out ok.
Wishing everyone my best,