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Fragments from Floyd

Study in Orange: Part 4

It's Not Easy Being Orange

My uncertainty in this composition is to know which is chicken and which is egg.

Biotransmorgrification is most certainly at work here, but I cannot make out in which direction.

I’m putting my bet behind this: that the red-spotted newt (eft stage) is shedding airborne mitotic spores that fall to earth along its path and create new knobby orange newt buds that you see here. These will soon morph into very tiny perfectly formed efts that will then appear in the oddest of places along the trail, and at times of extended wet weather, they will shed yet more newt spores and create even more living orange in the landscape.

Contrarywise, it could be that the fixed mushroom-appearing things drop spore-bearing newt pupae in mossy areas, and the matured and legged phase transports the spores more directly and intentionally than wind could accomplish, completing the orange-to-orange life cycle.

Further observation is required.

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3 thoughts on “Study in Orange: Part 4”

  1. You are bad, Fred. You had me going there! My biology education was 50 years ago, so I didn’t trust myself to know fantasy from fact. (You did make all this up, didn’t you?)

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