In the Chaos of Fallen Leaves
The forest floor this time of year is simultaneously beautiful and chaotic, a random tapestry of layered color, making it hard to find any one thing to focus on. Picking out the yellow and brown mushrooms you’re hunting among the tattered leaf fall is like finding Waldo hiding in the woods.
These ornately-veined leaves of the rattlesnake plantain appeared when their fresh leaf cover was brushed aside by my boot. This plant is very common, and will be with us over winter, one of the few green things alive, though dormant, even under the snow.