Lush

July 22, 2014

 

Catoctin Mountians near Cunningham Falls showing the rocks, trees, downed trees, and grasses.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

It rained a bit more the past few nights and as it was cooler yesterday, it seemed like a good day to go for a walk in the Catoctin Mountains and so headed for Cunningham Falls.  (This area has both a State Park and a National Park-the links here contain info for both.)  From a photographic perspective, it is useful to go out right after a rain and while it is still a bit overcast as the colour is much more vibrant-that certainly was the case yesterday.  The volunteer at the visitor center indicated that the number of downed trees had, in fact, been due to the heavy rains we have had recently.  It seems that the tree roots have difficulty finding purchase in the rocky soil and so when the winds blow and the rains fall, so do they.

Tree stump surrounded by grasses.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Sometimes, not much is left behind.

Fallen tree covered with fungus and surrounded by grasses.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Once down, a transformation takes place as the wood begins to decompose.

Take care.

 

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