The mottled shade of the forest provides a little relief from the heat of the summer sun. Along the path the thick moss stretches out blanketing fallen logs and reclaiming the displaced stones. Down beneath the scattered raspberry canes and Jewelweed leaves reddish purple leaves capture my eye. The ground ivy has put on its summer color. I’ve never really looked into why it changes color but I suspect it has something to do with the wavelength of light. Or perhaps it gets a sunburn when the light lingers on this spot. The vine doesn’t really care for the full face of the sun. But for a time the the green fades as the red gains strength. The effect of color change recalls childhood days of action figures exploring an alien world with strange vegetation and monsters hiding behind the foliage. In those days Mount Lookout Elementary School still had copies of the Tom Corbitt books in the library and after a fifth grade book report it seemed perfectly natural that my action figures would be chasing Space Pirates through an alien jungle. Or trying to escape the grip of a giant reddish purple carnivorous plant. It seemed like the adventures of my childhood would never really end and perhaps in some small ways they never did. As I stood up from snapping photos I could see my tiny alien jungle growing ever smaller as I rose. Certainly there’s no harm to see that as blasting off to the next adventure.
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