About this photo: I skipped yoga class this morning in favor of taking a short hike at the local nature sanctuary, Raven’s Run. For the bulk of the hike it was cold, gray and snowing lightly. We wound our way down into the Flower Bowl to see if any wild flowers were starting to bloom and just as we reached the creek the sun came out illuminating the running water and fresh spring moss. The scene was so intoxicating that I HAD to snap a few photos with my new Action Sampler Lomography Camera. One of my favorite times of the year in the south is during the first few weeks of early spring when the moss springs to life, illuminating the sleeping forest. The contrast of the bright green against all the barren trees, rocks and brown leaves is stunning.
And now a quick story: I have a friend in Birmingham who is a single father to the most amazing, eccentric little girl named N. Years ago my friend, N and I went for a hike to geocache (yeah… I am a huge nerd…) While we were crawling around looking for the cache I found a patch of fresh, soft moss. I paused to enjoy the brightness against the brown and pet the soft leaves.
N came up and demanded to know what I was doing. I explained I was petting the moss and that she should too, although she needed to be super careful. I then explained the purpose of moss in the ecosystem and how delicate it is. She was so gentle and kind when she “petted” the moss that I decided she needed to become a Certified Moss Petter. So there, in the woods, I gave some ridiculous little speech and then essentially knighted her with a stick as a Certified Moss Petter.
Several weeks ago I was instant messaging with her Dad and he said that they had taken a hike recently and she stopped to pet some moss. When he followed her lead she said, “Dad, you can’t. Only certified moss petters can do this and I don’t think Belle certified you.” I was blown away that N remembered this and that even though she is growing up and wearing too much eye liner, she still takes a moment to pet the moss and remember our moment.
And now for two bonus photos because this little camera is way to fun to only post one! The sun didn’t last much longer after the above photo was shot but I did get a chance to grab this picture of Mr. Husband. The camera strap made an uninvited appearance in several of the frames but I sort of fancy the pop of color.
On our way back into town I had to use up the last few shots so I opened the sunroof and got a snippet of blue sky.
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