In the woods

TheWoods

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.

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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.

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9 replies

  1. This is EXCELLENT!!!

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  3. A very beautiful post! I love the fungi on the tree trunk. πŸ™‚

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    • Me too. I would spend more time in the woods if the mosquitoes were not quite so voracious. Since they stopped spraying and all the bats died, it’s been really BAD.

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      • What a shame! I was visiting an old house when I went to see the bluebells the other day and they had 9 species of bats who came to live in the house for the 15 or so years the place was abandoned by humans. There are all sorts of rules governing how they can be encouraged to go elsewhere!

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        • The bats all across America are dying of a disease accidentally imported from European cave bats. The bats aren’t being chased away. Far from it. Many of us built bat houses and did everything to encourage them to live nearby. But the plague that’s killing them is literally wiping out tens of thousands of bats. It’s horrible and no one knows if any American species of bats will survive.

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