On Wednesday morning I took a detour from my normal route. There was high fog that made the lighting bland and flat and the humidity was very high making it feel almost like summer. Along my normal morning route lies an area designated forever wild. This area was set aside a number of years ago as part of the permit process for construction of the local Walmart®
The Schiffendecker Farm Preserve is a walking-trail through protected lands along my morning route.
I had never ventured onto the trail, so on Wednesday I decided to give it a try. I was looking for color amidst the drab grey and brown of this sunless early spring morning. Near the entrance is a tree that provides a great example of what happens when you attach barbed wire fences by wrapping the wire around a tree trunk. It isn’t healthy for the tree.
One tree that I always find interesting is the Shagbark Hickory. Perhaps you can see where it got its name.
I did find some color in moss that grew on many organic surfaces.
I am a sucker for reflections, so when I saw this little streambed with a bit of standing water, I had to shoot it.
Amy Hedges of A. Hedges Photography conducts a weekly project on her Facebook® page, and this week the project is “Upside Down“. I thought about submitting this reflection since it shows the forest upside down. Maybe I will yet.
Nature always amazes me. I often wonder about the story behind odd tree-growth patterns such as this.
Just to give you some idea of exactly how flat and unflattering the light was early on Wednesday morning, I snapped this shot from the road.