But it's not just ice machines that are prone to developing slime. When the weather turns warm, damp and dreary like it has been for the past couple of days, you may see another species of slime appearing in your own yards, particularly in mulch beds. It's called egg slime mold or dog vomit mold, and it's quite a striking sight:
|Your first clue that this is something other than dog vomit may be in the sheer size of the patches. There is NO WAY that our dog could barf that much, and she's a champion barfer.|
It's not from outer space and generally it's harmless, although inhalation of the spores will make an average person start sneezing and can be particularly undesirable for asthmatics. It's extremely fast-growing (the patches above, both about a foot across, developed in a matter of hours) but it tends to fade quickly as well. So there's usually not a compelling reason to treat it with chemicals. Personally I find the stuff fascinating. Here for your viewing enjoyment is a collection of photographs from the patches currently distributed throughout our yard, a static montage that I will title "Symphony of Slime". Rest in peace, Marvin.
|When it first appears, it's bright yellow, as in the first photo above. As it ages, it begins to develop spores and turn different colors, mostly brown or green, although depending on conditions, I've seen bright orange patches as well.|
|No, this is not spinach quiche, although it looks exactly like the recipe that I made the other night. Seriously - check out the picture in that link. And check out the recipe as well - it was awesome.|
|This is what they often look like after they've run their course and gone to spore.|