In honor of Arbor Day today I wanted to take a different look at the value of trees. We all should recognize the value of living trees but I wanted to point out their value in death. With the coming of Spring nature is regenerating in ways that is often unexpected. The picture above that I took this past week shows a piece of a decaying tree that is providing nourishment to a host of insects and ferns. It also makes an interesting photo of different colors and shapes.
Often the decaying trees along our paths provide a wonderful home to birds like the Blue Jay pictured above.
Although I haven't seen the raccoon family that has inhabited a dead hollow in our Beech tree this year I have watched the tree be a home in past years to a Mother and 6 babies. Kinda like nature's circle of life.
Decaying wood also provided a nutrient rich soil for mushrooms like the Morel mushroom pictured above. Look for these around Lake Elkhorn right now. You have to have a sharp eye but spotting them will provide you with a great tasting mushroom. I just I spot them before you do! We Morel hunters are very secretive about our exact spots. A little flour and frying these is a wonderful treat.