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Sunday, May 19, 2013
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I was out on a hike in Harriman State Park not long ago, trying out a new camera (a GE X500), looking for scenic overviews and majestic shots along lakes and mountain tops. It was a sunny spring day, and I found enough grand vistas to keep the shutter busy (well . . . as grand as it gets in lower New York State). However, I also decided to grab a shot of this little rock-side patch of moss, grass, leafy plants and a few tiny flowers amidst the decaying leaves from last autumn. In the middle of a verdant forest, scenes like this don’t immediately grab one’s attention. But they are interesting little “cities” in and of themselves, cities of the local ecology, places where certain conditions and random events come together such that an interdependent knot of different life-forms find a spot to flourish together. Not all that unlike our own human cities, such as Boston, Brussels, Buenos Aires or Bangkok. Each of these human cities has its own distinct flavor, just as this little city of flora in the forest does.

So, keep that in mind the next time you are in the great outdoors. You may be walking past a wonderful and interesting little city with its own life and history and reason for being. Another good reason in life to stop and smell the flora.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 3:00 pm      
 
 


  1. Jim, Great picture! And you are right–a city within itself. Both the picture and the idea are great. MCS

    Comment by Mary — May 20, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

  2. Minutiae. Microcosmic existences. Miniatures. Space within space. Thank you for an amazingly inspiring photograph yet again. And those thoughts that set one’s own brain worms wriggling away in all directions!

    Comment by spunkykitty — May 24, 2013 @ 3:58 am

  3. Jim, There are the aliens, right under our noses, that you mentioned in your previous blog–just small, not big. All different kinds of them; all different species. Some of them can harm us; some of them can aid us. Just like the “big” ones in so many stories, even more impressive than the most imaginative ones (or for that matter the ones SETI may be looking for). Who’d’ve thunk! MCS

    {BIODIVERSITY AT WORK!! Jim G}

    Comment by Mary — May 25, 2013 @ 9:46 am

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