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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Retreat 2008 - Part IV


The mountainous forests surrounding the retreat cabin are fairly magical themselves.

There is an entirely different feel to remote woodlands at a high altitude...

Typical of Washington forestry however, these are also dripping in moss and lichens...


...and riddled with streams and understory growth.

And when the sun is shining and the birds are singing and dragonflies and butterflies are hovering, they are a thing of glory to behold..

3 comments:

Merisi said...

Like a walk in the woods (I could hear the bees' buzz)! :-)

Tara,
you asked about the container with the Wild Wine (a Virginia creeper?) and the ivy. It is actually a sculpture, a calice. It reminds me of a flesh-eating plant, but I don't know its name. I have posted a picture of it on my Strawberry Blog (my "playground" one *g*):
Here's the link (clicking on the picture will take you back to the original post on Merisi's VfB).

Best wishes for a great start into a color- and joyful fall season! :-)

Sandi McBride said...

As children we often played in the woods by my Grandparents house. We never thought about a snake or spider, not bugs or weather...we looked for the lichen patches we called fairy rings and had our picnics there..beautiful post.
hugs
Sandi

Britt-Arnhild said...

Lovely Tara.
There is a forest very much like this one near our cabin. We hike there from time to time, and Marta never fails to comment the charm and beauty.