This is the nursery that reseeded the North American continent after the last Ice Age. There are few other places on Earth as biologically diverse as our Appalachian hardwood forest. Like all ecosystems, its intricate balance can be thrown off kilter by human action, but it can also be amazingly resiliant if left undisturbed. Someone recently asked why some of us stay and fight so hard what often seems to be a losing battle against wholesale degradation of the land, air and water. One of the answers is right before your eyes.
I don’t know who took this photo. I found it on Jim Shaver’s Facebook photo page, but I think it may be another Troy Lilly shot, of ForestWander.com fame.