Two suburbanite boomers throw caution to the wind, postpone retirement, and move to a farm in Indiana. There they intend to live happily ever after.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Nature Notes: Fairy Forest
Michelle at Rambling Woods has challenged us to take a look around at the natural world every week and tell about it in a post on Thursdays. We're to look for things we might otherwise not have noticed; to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.
I saw my inspiration for the week as I was coming home from work Wednesday, driving up the driveway. It was very late afternoon, and the slanting rays of the sun filtered through the bare trees and lit up a fallen log covered in moss. It was like an island of life, glowing from within, floating in the drifts of dead leaves.
Unfortunately, it was on the other side of a low area that is still under water. My crappy telephoto feature just wasn't up to the task.
So it was that Thursday evening found me shin-deep in the swamp in my husband's waders. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I quickly discovered that putting one's feet into the muck was much easier than pulling them back out. I kept having visions of myself being extricated from the swamp by my hubby and his tractor. Fortunately, it didn't quite come to that.
There wasn't anywhere to perch the camera or a tripod, so the photos don't really do them justice, but I hope you can get a sense of how intricate and lovely the mosses are. The moss is in its reproductive phase, sporting tiny forests of golden strands above the emerald green. There are other patches with red strands, as in the last picture. It may be the same moss at a different phase, I'm not sure.
At any rate, this has given me a whole new area to research and explore. Apparently, there are such things as moss gardens, and you can actually buy ground up moss to seed areas with. (Check out MossAcres.com.)
I'll be looking into all this when time allows. Again, Michelle, thanks for the great meme! It's a darn good 'un.
*Stop by at Michelle's place, Rambling Woods, for more nature stories and photos, OK? Nature Notes.