There will be a short intermission as family descends upon my home like crazed, lovable animals that froth at the mouth until placated by a gift exchange, cracker pull, and bird meat.
Please enjoy these Christmas/winter themed drawings on agar plates made using the life of every party, fungi (because, fun guy).
The images were made at the J. Craig Venter Institute and posted online by Stephanie Mounaud in December 2010.
[caption id="attachment_136" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Fungal Christmas tree. Top: Talaromyces stipitatus; Tree: Aspergillus nidulans; Ornaments: Penicillium marneffei; Trunk: Aspergillus terreus.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_137" align="aligncenter" width="273"] Fungal snowman. Hat, Eyes, Mouth, Buttons: Aspergillus niger; Arms: Aspergillus nidulans; Nose: Aspergillus terreus with Penicillium marneffei; Body: Neosartorya fischeri.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_138" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Fungal Christmas Tree, unknown fungi.[/caption]
Happy holidays, kids.