August 10, 2015

A Walk in the Woods: A Vast Small World




Looking closely at the tiny details of a woodland habitat can confuse a sense of scale: clumps of moss become wooded hillsides; masses of mushrooms rise above the forest like water towers or oddly shaped wind turbines; the lines of pine needles are downed logs.
(click click click to enlarge and see the scale shift)



A small army climbs up the steep rounded slopes.




Waving above the frothy mosses are the tall red stalks of their fruiting bodies.




Lichens too have tall reproductive structures: pillars topped with shallow cups.




Alongside the mushrooms, lichens, and mosses, new plants have beginnings: a small leaf....




....a maple....




....a conifer.




All this life, this variety of species, is growing on a pile of decaying logs about 5 feet long and 2 wide. Decay is not an ending.


2 comments:

  1. Don't you just love this time of year? !

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    1. I love the summer bounty coming in from the garden.

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