Sunday, July 19, 2009

Algol and grasses

I have figured out why Algol needs those surprised looking eyes. The little thing is full of wonder, he looks at everything as if he saw it the first time - and mostly it is true. He has not seen much yet. But I hope that sense of wonder never wears out. We all could use some.

On our way to the forest we stopped on the overpass. Algol wanted to rest a little.

This is how the path looks when we enter the forest.

Algol wanted to examine the grasses on the side of the road more closely.

Algol: No one ever pays attention to grasses. They just want to mow the lawn and think that grass is short and green. But in the wild the full grown grasses have the most wonderful shapes. Not as colorful as flowers, but still very pretty.

Algol: Some grasses are very delicate...

Algol: a sprinkling of fairy dust on the side of the road.

Algol: But some are much more robust...

Algol: ...and some have reddish color.

There seems to be a snail invasion in the damp part of the forest.

And of course Algol wanted to touch one...

Here's a view of the forest in the place where spruces take over.

There are huge boulders left in the forest by the ice age.

Though the forest is mostly in natural state, some fallen trees are removed and only stumps remain.

Algol: This could be used as a troll castle, I think.

Algol: But I would not want to live here alone.

If you remember the bench on the side of the road where Deimos posed with the flowers, this is the view from the bench. Unfortunately the trees block most of the view, but you can just see the lake between the trees.

Of course Algol wanted to go down to the lake. It is quite blue this time.

There is some kind of stone pillar with an iron rod sticking from the top, and another one further away. I suppose they must have held some kind of sign long ago.

One more delicate plant. But this is not a grass, it is spore-forming kind.

Here's a view of the path in a place where there are lots of birches.

Algol: This flower smells very sweet.

And on the way home near the overpass we saw some stonecrop that had quite colorful leaves.

Only two stonecrops on this moss patch - and one is green and the other one red!

Algol: That was a long hike. I saw a lot of different things. When will we go the next time? Today or tomorrow?

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