Sunday, January 22, 2006


A bit o' green on the forest floor

Chasing the light

One day recently, on behalf of our current theme of celebrating light, I explored different facets of light in southwestern Wisconsin from sunup to sundown. For the next few posts, I'll share some glimpses of changing light at different moments of the day.

Morning: the forest floor has its own way of reflecting light; it is different in each season. During a warm spell, bits of green will peep out. Here is some furry moss contrasting with the dry parchment of the leaves.

The tiny dot of green in the lower left looks like a baby violet leaf. I read that these unseasonable warm spells are causing wildflowers to bloom earlier than at any time in history - buttercups were found in the Bitterroot Valley in Montana last week. Another example of climate change.

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