These photos were taken along the Green Ribbon Trail in Fort Washington State Park about a week ago. I was walking that day rather than running, and so I stopped over and over again as things caught my eye. I love this time of year.
Here is that beautiful red bush and a close-up of its berries. I love the red and black color scheme.
Next, I came on this huge entwined set of vines. My goodness, they were as thick as my wrist.
And a bit later, here’s an example of what I think of as a “Tarzan vine”; the park rangers cut them so that people don’t run into them, and I see them hanging down like this all over the trail. I don’t know why but I like them.
Next, I took pictures of this dead tree. I’ve photographed it before. It stands in a curve all by itself and commands attention. I feel almost as if it’s calling out, with that hole looking like a mouth to me.
The trail goes through a flood plain in this section, so there are a lot of dead trees stranded out in the scrubby undergrowth. They are left to decay as they like. I got interested in the number of holes in them – birds looking for insects.
These holes are not in trees but in the gateposts where the path crosses a road. Couldn’t resist taking a look inside with the camera…
And another interesting thing – this rotting tree is home to a thriving weed, growing in the crotch of the tree.
Interesting day out there on the trail!