The softly fallen rain now trickles as minut streams that roll silently through the forest floor. Deep within the the wind thrown tree a thick mat of threads transport the necessities of life to the surface. As I approach the old birch log the scent if the rain soaked moss fills my nose. Then, among the tiny fern-like strands of moss a single leaf rises as it was a tree itself. Simple and unpretentious and yet the beauty of leaf is undeniable. The gentle curl near the base reminded me of a small child waking from a nap and rubbing it’s eyes. No wonder we refer to a rotting log as a “nurse tree”.
I’ve watched this log since it fell in 2012 when straight line winds forced my forest to be reborn. The event was what lead me come to the realization that disruption precedes regeneration. The event opened up the canopy and allowed seeds that had been in the ground for a long time to have their chance to flourish. Many of the wildflowers that I’ve posted this year were born out of that destruction. The giant tree fell and gave the moss a place to gather. The moss held the moisture and provided habitat for the fungus and the fungus feeds the violet leaf that spawned my moment of tranquility.
As we move forward in this time of concern I want you to know that even though the world changes that disruption doesn’t have to mean loss. It can also mean rebirth and the germination of seeds that once lay dormant unable to wake until something let in the light.
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