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Nature School :: Christmas Ferns

See deep in the mountains where the wind blows wild,
There sits Holy Mary and cradles her child.
She rocks the cradle with hands so white,
she needs but a touch for the babe so light.

~ Winter :: Wynstones

Fallen Tree

We had Christmas in the forest today, on the Two Ponds Trail.


The running cedar was releasing its spores in celebration and the ferns were merry in the cold air.

Christmas Ferns

We even found a few stalked puffballs on the hillside, shining their colors like the sun.

Stalked Puffballs

Our hike was a cold twenty-nine degrees and we needed to keep our faces covered. The wind is strong now, bringing a terrible chill. It's a good day to roast several pumpkins and enjoy the sun blazing into the dining room. Laurel's taking a nap, so I think I'll fold some window stars.


( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )
Dec. 9th, 2016 08:06 pm (UTC)
Beautiful photos... reminds me of here - the season for fungus and ferns. No running cedar or puffballs on our hike this week, though - those are nice finds! It's very cold and windy here, too. We went to a hollow, and that helped a bit! - Stacey
Dec. 10th, 2016 02:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, lots of ferns. October is our usual time for fungus, but it was so terribly dry. It is funny to find the weather hospitable for both fungus and ponds icing over!
( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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