Lunchtime Photo

I have no idea what this is. I shot it while I was roaming around the Knockneer estate in Killarney, and I was attracted by the almost fiery red of the backlit leaves. Leaves? I guess they’re leaves. For some reason, I didn’t bother to look more closely after I took the picture. But what else could they be?

UPDATE: So far, the consensus seems to be that the red stuff is some kind of fungus. Or perhaps just peeling bark. I’m going with the bark thing for now. I sure wish I’d taken a look at it when I had a chance.

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