From the forest floor

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Todays post is brought to you courtesy of the forest floor. A place to discover wonders both large and small.  Like the sculptural beauty of a leaf  slowly working its way back to soil.

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and a pine cone in all its’ glory.

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So much to see in a 8 inch square.

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yes, so much to see on the forest floor.

Harebells: Campanula rotundifolia L.

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Harebells, or Bleubells if you prefer, have been a constant and happy companion of our hikes this summer. From sunny meadows to forested trails to hikes above tree line these flowers were always with us.

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Harebells were Plant of the week on the USDA website and the linked articles contains some interesting facts describing the plants, it habitats and propagation methods.

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A fairly ubiquitous flower yet one that really stands out.

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A Marvel or Marvelous?

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A male Red Veined Meadow-Hawk dragonfly perches on an old branch just above eye level. Perched facing right, he took a quick flight, then perched on the same branch facing left. He provided us a wonderful view of what has to be considered a marvel of engineering and biomechanical design from his amazing exoskeleton right down to the structure of his wings.

Truly a marvel as well as marvelous to observe. Beauty, form and function all wrapped up in one fine package.

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