|This log in the foreground is the most "alive" tree in the picture|
Sunday, December 22, 2013
I admit it. I am fascinated with rotting logs. I spent quite awhile today simply admiring this mossy beauty, so verdant and full of life, even though the tree from which it came died long ago. I have read that the biomass (the total mass of living organisms in a given area or volume) of a tree actually increases when its bole is lying "dead" on the forest floor. An old tree is literally more alive in death than in life, and ecologists are learning that rotting logs are crucial to the life of a healthy forest.