In the woods, the colors are muted. You have to look around you with care to see the interesting stuff … but also to make sure you don’t sprain an ankle falling over an unseen obstacle.
The forest floor is deceptive. It looks soft and smooth, but that’s just the surface, covered by leaves. Beneath that are rocks, trenches hollowed by rain or the burrows of small animals.
If you can ignore the insects who are busily biting you as you walk (slathering yourself with bug repellant only slows the attack), there are fascinating configurations everywhere, soft greens, grays, browns and blacks. A small bird’s nest in the hollow of a fallen tree. A strange fungus growing on rotting wood, and everywhere, leaves fallen from oak trees covering everything.