Old Growth Forest

Here are some pictures from an old growth forest we hiked today, as well as a "wilderness area"--that is actually a specific designation, by legislative action, which means that humans can't manage the land at all:  the natural life and death cycles of the animals and plants are allowed to take their course.  Somehow to me that feels like a witness to a deep faith and trust in the continuing work of God, through natural selection, mutation, evolution, etc., and God's ability to bring life out of death, and to do a new thing.  It was beautiful.  In the old growth forest, some of the trees were over 300 years old.  I also found a little Chickadee's nest in a log--her babies were tiny!  And, isn't the Mountain Laurel lovely?