Lately I’ve been observing how interestingly Mother Nature decorates our world. A while back I had written about bagworms mentioning that I found them creepy. A regular BWG reader and commenter, Ruth Henriquez remarked, in part,
“…I am struck by the construction of the “bags.” Being a person who works with fibers as an art medium, I find these constructed shelters fascinating, and not without aesthetic value! Also, having a special interest in the architecture of animal-made shelters helps me see these images with a connoisseur’s appreciation. They are like tiny sculptures which are interactions between a genetic code and the flotsam and jetsam surrounding the bearer of that code.
…Thank you for these great pictures, and for reminding me of why the seemingly unprepossessing looking things we find in nature can be so rewarding to contemplate.”
For me, that remark opened my eyes to a whole new way of looking at beauty in nature. I started paying attention to things besides those moving with life. Sometimes the most interesting and beautiful have given their life, other times they are just beginning new life.
So, thank you Ruth, not only have you opened my eyes, you’ve made me more contemplative in the garden and a lot more observant.
I present to you my newly expanded world with some visions that stood out to me.
Longleaf Pines offer many different textures:
The production of seeds lends beauty in the cones:
Fallen needles provide rich browns:
As do the catkins which can look like a statue of a caterpillar:
Wildflowers gone to seed can be as beautiful as the flowers themselves:
The massive number of seeds of Ludwigia spp.
The fluffy seedheads of Camphorweed:
The prickly look of Bidens alba as the seeds dry:
The bumpy texture of False Daisy:
The beautiful fruit of the Bayberry:
The tenacles of a Smilax spp. vine:
I’ll end with the beauty of a mushroom:
Have you noticed the texture of your beautiful wildlife garden?
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