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The Forest Opened Up

November 09, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The Forest Opened Up

The Forest Opened Up

In my post of November 4, I wrote about the forest opening up. Well, it's happened. The forest has opened up. The structure of the Big Woods opened up to me today on my hike in the Wood-Rill Scientific and Natural Area.  For the most part, the only trees holding onto their leaves still are the oaks.

Reach for the Sky

Reach for the Sky

With most of the leaves now fallen, you see things that were previously hidden. For example, in the photo above I was struck by how the trees were all reaching for the same patch of open sky in the forest canopy. I never noticed that when the trees were full of leaves. 

Big Old Oak

Big Old Oak

Then there was this big old oak tree. I had never really noticed this beauty before. I was trying to figure out how to give some sense of scale to this tree when the idea occurred to me to put something of mine into the photo. So my baseball cap made a cameo appearance hanging from a branch of a fallen tree that was resting up against the majestic old oak.

Finding Open Sky

Finding Open Sky

We're in that in between time now–no longer Fall but not yet Winter–when you can see the forest floor carpeted in golden leaves, just before they turn brown.  This is a lovely time to be in the Big Woods. Normally I see the Big Woods in black and white at this time of year, but this golden forest floor deserves to be presented in color.

Carpet of Gold

Carpet of Gold


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