I love living in the Pacific Northwest, where the abundant rain contributes to a profusion of plant life. Here in the temperate rain forest ecosystem, life grows in many layers. Green growing things have other growing things on top of them. Take this tree, for instance, at Rockport State Park, in the foothills of the North Cascades.
It’s a tall Douglas Fir, with moss growing on its bark, and other broadleaf plants growing up through the moss. And if you look really closely, you can see insects which live in the moss, and in the bark of the tree. Layers upon layers of life!
On the other hand, here’s a collage I made of the holiday cards we received from our many Ricochet friends last Christmas (and a Chanukah card from my family). It definitely brightens up the decor, and I intend to keep it up until this Christmas as a reminder of how lucky we are to have so many Ricochet Friends.