After rain, the witches’ butter emerges. This beautiful jelly fungus is a parasite on several species of wood decay fungus — thus a parasite on a parasite. This description makes it sound so negative, even sad. As sad as this spring’s endless buckets of rain.

Yet, for an old painted table near the end of its long life, the end result is a final flash of beauty.

Wooden table infected with wood decay fungus and its parasite, the bright yellow Witches’ Butter fungus
Photo of old wooden table by the author