Sweetfern, Comptonia peregrina, is neither sweet nor a fern, but is one of my favorite plants. It looks like something the dinosaurs would have walked through, and smells like all the warmest, spiciest, most magical aromas of imagination.
WOW! You know I love it : )
I thought of you as soon as I saw it, Tipper!
I'm trying to figure out the story behind the photo. It's really cool. Did you find that in the forest duff?
I found it in the goat paddock next to my little goat barn, in a spot I walk past almost daily. We've been having a lot of torrential rain, which always brings on another "crop" of old glass (usually broken pieces, which I pick up before a goat or anyone else can be injured), rusted fragments of cans or hardware, etc. Very rarely a bottle or piece of crockery in good condition. But this complete composition is quite a treasure, isn't it? No idea how long it's been there, but you can see roots growing over the pieces.
This picture keeps drawing me back in. Love it!
Thank you! I keep thinking I must go out and remove the jar before someone (a big goat, for example) steps on it and breaks it and gets hurt, but I just keep taking pictures instead. Maybe tomorrow...
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