There’s so much to see in the forest that I’m never sure if I haven’t already seen some things or if I’m seeing them for the first time.
Take the plant in the photo above. It grows at Fallen Timbers. When the rest of the forest was giving up its green, this low plant was still a vibrant, deep green, and perhaps it still is.
I don’t know what kind of plant this in. Is it a fern? Is it something else? Have I seen it before? I don’t know the answer to any of these question.
I like the fact that there are still plenty of new things to discover (or rediscover) in forests I have stomped over for years and years. I’d like to revisit this plant in a month or so (after the cold of winter has settled in) but I only have the vaguest sense of where it is growing at Fallen Timbers. I suppose I could devote a day to scouring the north-facing slope there and see if I can find it.
I can’t think of a better way to spend a day.
- The Missouri Natural Events Calendar is mute again today.