These fiddleheads remind me of an animal embryo. I suppose in a way they aren’t that different; newly forming leaves that aren’t fully developed yet.
This seemed like an appropriate post for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Transmogrify.
Hopefully in a few months these peony shoots will grow into flowering bushes.
This post was inspired by Brenda of A Meditative Journey with Saldage. When I saw these ferns they reminded me of the type of image she frequently posts. That being said, I’m sure she would have done a far better job with them than I did.
A crow watches the field below from a barren tree in the Big Meadow area of Shenandoah National Park.
The moss and saplings growing from this semi-submerged log make up a tiny little forest of their own. A microcosm of the world around them.
This fallen log, in Pocahontas State Park, near Richmond, Virginia, forms the basis for quite an ecosystem of colorful fungus and lichen.
Sometimes it’s the little things in nature that really catch my eye. This lichen was growing on the side of a very large pine tree. I approached the tree to get a closer look at something else when I noticed the tiny, bright red blooms on the lichen. Who knew that lichen actually bloomed?
I can’t identify the plant which produced this seed pod but I can confidently say it wasn’t a dandelion. It was low, leggy bush with dried up leaves when I took this photo in November. Regardless of my ignorance, I thought the plant’s seed pod was worthy of a close up photo.
This little mushroom, growing on the moss covered base of a tree, was casting quite a long shadow when I found it.
Summer is behind us. Countless wild flowers seeds have been disbursed and silently rest in the earth, waiting for spring to begin their cycle again.