Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The only sounds as I walked slowly through the mossy forest were of the raindrops dripping softly from the trees. Ancient Douglas firs towered overhead while dappled light shone down onto the carpet of sword ferns, each frond glistening as though coated with varnish.
Ancient boulders were softened in a cloak of green and new trees grew from old, their roots entwined like a child clinging to its mother. Gnarled, twisting branches formed intricate silhouettes, inviting me to pause and trace the patterns.
The monochromatic color scheme revealed the many shades of green while Nature displayed its artistry in combining the spiky pine needles with the western red cedar’s aromatic scales and the oval, leathery Rhododendron leaf juxtaposed with the soft palm shaped foliage of the big leaf maples.
Deer ferns nestled amongst fallen tree stumps and wild berried shrubs displayed their jewels.
We have much to learn – and much to savor.
All photographs taken at the Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, WA