WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers – Fairy Tutus

I have chosen two photographs I took in McCall, Idaho, this past July for this week’s photo challenge.  We vacation on our small ranch every summer and I am entranced with the 20 acres of woodland behind the house.  Talk about layers!  Ground cover, grasses, underbrush, small circles of young aspen, larger circles of aspen, evergreen trees at all heights and occasionally seen through the trees, mountain vistas.  I could fill this post with photos of all kinds depicting the forest’s rich variety of layers.  However, I’m going to focus on two photos I find very special… they are small denizens of this vast landscape but just as complex and, to me, delightfully whimsical.

Trapped

Trapped


Layer upon layer of seeds find themselves trapped in the branches of a tree, awaiting a wind to finish their journey to the forest floor.

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Fairy Tutus

Fairy Tutus


I took dozens of photos of these plants when I was wandering the property.  I am fascinated that they actually open up this way, no flower, just layers of seeds awaiting a wind to carry them to their destiny.  These seeds are magical… they look like little fairy tutus waiting to be danced away on the breeze.

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Nature is a master of layers and I adore the texture and vast variety of images I’m able to capture with my camera when I’m tramping the woodlands, fields and mountains of Idaho.

As always I’d love to read your reaction to this or any part of my blog!

FireBonnet

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