Earlier this week during a short walk in the forest I stopped for a moment beside a pile of logs. To be honest, I was hoping that if I sat and posed nicely I might score some treats, but that is not the subject of today's Nature Friday post.
No, instead I have a question.
How did it ever happen that 'just dead wood' became a metaphor used to describe people or things that are no longer useful or productive?
Let's have a closer look at this pile of logs. What do we see?
We have several different species of beautiful mosses and lichens.
We have fungus,
And even new saplings sprouting up,
Not to mention a multitude of creepy crawlies which Gail failed to capture with her camera.
So it turns out that far from 'just dead wood' the whole edifice is teeming with new life. Such a productive mini-ecosystem in fact.
'Just dead wood' indeed. You would think that humans could make better use of their supposedly superior language skills...
OK, that's enough posing. As no treats are forthcoming, I'm off to find something else to pontificate about!
Happy Nature Friday!