The roots of an upturned tree seen on the lower slopes of Mt. Rainier. As the trunk decays it becomes the source and nourishment of lichens, moss, fungi, bacteria and, in time, young sapling trees. At that stage it is known as a nurse log.
Whenever I see something like this in the forest, I always wonder how many insects live there. Nice photo, really works well in monochrome.
Still impressive in this manner.
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