It’s all about the moss!
I’ve been trawling through my archive of late and thought I would balance that with a couple of lockdown photographs made in the last week in upstate, New York. In the woods at the back of our upstate house, where we have been hunkering down for the last three weeks, there are a lot of moss-covered rocks. When they are illuminated by some early morning sun, they really come to life.
I didn’t want to stage manage the shot, so while one or two sticks to the right of the frame are slightly distracting and could have been moved, this is how I found it, and I wanted to capture it as it was. There is a lot of decay in the woods as deciduous trees compete with conifers of various types in the same space. As the the trees appear to be native, it is hard to tell whether it has always been like this, or whether some of these trees were planted when these houses were built in the early 1970s. I suspect a lot of wood was cleared to make way for the houses, which may have upset the equilibrium of what was left. The soil is shallow and compact, making it hard for trees to put down deep tap roots, so it doesn’t take much to knock them down, and the floor is strewn with the trunks and branches of several fallen trees. The deciduous trees include American Beech - my thanks to #annienovak for pointing out that they retain their dead leaves through the winter in one of her recent posts, making them easy to identify - and various types of maple, but no oak. The conifers include Eastern White Pine and Spruce.
While the days are getting longer and the temperatures a little warmer, most things are still in tight bud. We are 1,400 ft above sea level here. A few of the maples are just starting to blossom. Their red blossoms are tiny and you have to look hard to spot them because there are no low hanging branches because the trees are too close together. It will probably be another month before the leaves start to open. When we left the city three weeks ago, some blossoms and leaves were starting to emerge.