I gasped when I spotted this tree stump, completely in awe of the beauty in the midst of decay. There are the gnarled knots, holding on the longest, while moss still thrives on what is left of what had to be a sizable tree, all offset by the changing autumn leaves reflected on the lake. Beautiful, and decaying.
Decay has so many negative connotations to me, I think of it as a word to describe things haven’t been cared for properly or something that happens after an item is discarded, but this tree stump made me stop for a moment and acknowledge that decay can be beautiful and that it is something that naturally occurs.
This fantastic tree was found at Lake Crescent, Washington, which is part of Olympic National Park.