Yellow, decaying foliage of rhubarb plants

After a mild, wet and windy November, we’re promised a stretch of cool, calm and sunny days this week – a reward to soggy west coasters for our patience, perhaps.

But before I break out my long johns and sunglasses, I’m taking a moment to celebrate the strange beauty that all that rain brought to our garden (photo above) and forest floor (photo below). It’s a beauty that defies conventional definitions – but it’s lovely nonetheless, and you can find it frequently in nature’s annual cycle of decay, if you look closely enough.

Now, with a significant birthday rapidly approaching, I only wish I could see a similar beauty in my own natural decay!

Fallen mushroom, fir cones and decaying bits of wood on a forest floor

As always, you can click on the images to enlarge them if you’d like to see the details.

About Laurie MacBride, Eye on Environment

Photographer and writer focusing on nature and the environment

3 responses »

  1. Kelley Kerslake says:

    I just discovered your blog while googling “decay” – and it’s one of a few most interesting results of that search (lots of zombie movie posters..). I was struck initially by how loathe we are as a species to look at decay, take it in, so ‘Saying OK to decay’ definitely grabbed my attention. I was delightfully enchanted by your photos and musings – good medicine in these times! Thank you so much for your attention to the beauty of the intimate in nature and, yes, decay…and more. I hope you are still taking photos and musing on it all.

    • Thanks for your comment and kind words, Kelley. Amusing to hear that my blog came up alongside the zombies in your search! Glad to hear this sort of “medicine” works for you as well as for me. Yes, still taking photos and musing. Hope you’ll continue to visit my blog.
      Best,
      Laurie

  2. Fred Bailey says:

    Somedays it’s hard to find the beauty among the little things, especially after a row of grey days. Well done. Fred

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