Saturday, September 20, 2008

A random sampling of the forest floor

This is a random sample photograph of the forest floor close to where the photograph below was taken and it shows vegetation patterns and types. On the right side of the section of birch limb there's a lot of bunch berry (Cornus canadensis), a member of the dogwood family, and one or two small balsam fir (Abies balsamea) seedlings. On the left side of the birch limb there is a few sharp-leafed wood asters (Aster acuminatus), a few Spinulose woodferns (Drypoteris spinulosa) and here the variety is mountain woodfern. There's also one or two small, long beech ferns (Thelypteris Phegopteris) in the left center of the photo. Ferns are pretty cool and the Whites have an astonishing array of them. They are, with the mosses and lichens, a neglected population of plants.

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