National Geographic : 1974 Apr
AN UNRIPE CRANBERRY TASTES SOUR. A raccoon tickles. Sphagnum moss feels spongy. Disturb a patch of slime mold and watch it quickly grow back together. Campers discover firsthand how things taste, feel, and react. The raccoon resides in the camp zoo, a community of partially tame creatures. Boys and girls learn to know a fawn, a ferret, a frog, and a baby robin. Jim Wells, leader of the acclimati- zation course, rubs moss on his cheek (lower left), and the campers do the same. "Now we have the bog on us. We're part of the bog," he suggests. To try to understand what it is like not to have a thumb opposing their other fingers, Jim and the campers tape theirs down and crawl on all fours, coming face-to-face with a spider web, an insect-eating sundew, and a slime mold, a subject for the ex ploration of untaped fingers (below).