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.
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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....
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.