These incredible organisms certainly have grabbed my attention and imagination. A few years ago, I noticed brown fuzzy things growing on some of our pine trees. Initially I thought they were some kind of fungus. I worried that they were eating up the trees. After a bit of investigation, I discovered that they were slime molds called chocolate tubes (another favorite name is tree hair).
We have only one earth. Someday we may inhabit the moon or maybe even Mars. Hopefully we will do it in a much more harmonious way. Our time on earth barely rates a blip on the screen yet our footprint is so enormous it threatens to upend life as we know it.