“And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul.” —John Muir
I returned to the forest over the weekend to explore more of the trail I was on before. The day started out quite sunny, but rain was forecast to begin later in the day. I made a split decision to take my chances early on in the day and hope for the best. To make a long story short, I made it back to my starting point just in time as the clouds moved in and cast a dark, gloomy sky. Along the way, I encountered some eerie tree shapes and root configurations along with interesting looking fungi. Someone told me that the trees looked like something out of Tolkien’s Middle Earth forests.
Oh, one thing that I didn’t mention in my previous blog post was that the multitude of bright, green ferns growing on many of the conifers and their branches are Licorice Ferns. The species is common in the Pacific Northwest and forests along the west coast. They survive the winter months when other fern species wither away for the season. Look for them in the images below. Underneath their fronds you will find their spores.
A very intriguing looking fungus that almost looks like a slug crawling up this branch.
All images property of Peggy A Thompson