This summer I have been working as a Naturalist at Tugaloo, a Georgia State Park, and it has been a great outdoor adventure. The many hours spent hiking and sharing the wonders of nature to the park’s visitors has given me a fresh and intimate connection to the native plant and animal species of my state.
At first glace this old pine seemed uneventful, but a closer look unlocked the deep caverns of the bark and the alien mossy greens. The recesses of the bark remind me of the color filled canyons of the southwest. The textured greens look scaly and fishlike.
This beauty was found at the edge of a wooded area that bordered Lake Hartwell. The flowering stage is almost complete and the seed is being formed. A black and white format was chosen to help focus the viewer’s eye on the roundness and angularity of the subject.
Lastly, this is a picture of a fallen log. As you can see nature’s recyclers have been busy working on returning this once tall standing tree into rich soil for new seedlings. The light quality on the forest floor was low, except for a few light patches which in this picture enhanced the distinct bug road patterns chewed into the log.
Getting outside has been a rewarding experience and one I hope to continue even when my summer job comes to an end.