Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Elegant Beauties or Low-Lives?





We often refer to moss and lichen and other such flora as being low on the rungs of life's ladder, bottom-feeders on the food chain, quite literally. After all, they really are forest floor scavengers. But they offer beauty and some of the finest design nature has to offer. To me, they are blossoms of another ilk, radiant blooms of symbiotic life that add spice, color and gesture to the living ground of the deep wood.

These are some samples that I've photographed in my wanderings in Northeast forests. I hope you will find them as interesting as I do. Maybe you'll even find them to be beautiful!

If you know their names and classifications, I'd love to hear from you on that. My last memory of learning science is of seventh grade biology class, and that won't help me here!

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