A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a rather magical sight: a decaying tree stump.
Since then I have not been able to stop thinking about it ...
... long tendrils of moss grew in patches on the outside...
... while beautiful fungi bubbled and swirled along the inside.
I could not get over the incredible artistry of the life within the decay. It was as if I was allowed a peak into a secret little world, where strange and beautiful bits of life broke down the old growth, providing food for the new. In fact that is exactly what it was, a small ecosystem...
Microorganisms are amazing things. Although small in stature, these little guys are mighty, possessing the power to break down an entire tree, or even make us sick (what's more... there are more microorganisms in/on the human body, than the entire human population). I am in awe.
Here's to the littlest things in life!
P.S. Don't forget about our current book giveaway: The Art of Ornithology
*Last time in Nature: Snowy Birds