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Fungus on a birch stump
Acrylic on canvas, 18 1/2 x 28 in. (2000)

A saprophyte is something that lives in decaying organic matter, feating on a nourishment of rotting matter. Frequent visitors to the woods might call them a fungus, usually associated with birch trees though not exclusively.

It is sometimes very hard to tell when a tree is alive or dead: everything seems to be in a kind of transition. Further it is very difficult to draw the line where the tree ends and its raft of boarders begins.

Is a tree dead when it continues to promote life? Not a bad legacy.

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