Dry, Drier, Dried

In the midst of winter, the world seems full of dry things: leaves, branches, grasses, flower heads, interior air…sometimes, even my motivation to move beyond the couch and the computer chair into the larger, colder world outside is pretty dried up.

On a recent hiking trip, despite melting snow and ice and moisture drizzling and dripping everywhere, plenty of dry objects could be found. There were the expected dried pine needles hanging like brown hair tufts from a dried branch, sad-looking chunks of dried grass along a mountain trail, old pine cones so dry that they could easily be used as kindling, a jumble of brittle, dry branches hanging at odd angles from trees, and last autumn’s brown leaves scattered across the forest floor between patches of melting snow. However, I also found some rather unexpected sights that I wanted to share with you.

This accumulation of wooden sticks reminded me of an oversized insect (well, maybe it’s missing a leg or two).

Driftwood insect

Driftwood insect

The dogs must have dragged this desiccated frog from the pond uphill to the house where I found it:

desiccated frog

And despite having landed in a rock puddle of water, this leaf and seed pod may still qualify as dried objects:

flower pod and leaf in rock puddle

My favorite find was this rock rose lichen which adds a bit of subtle beauty to the sometimes sullen winter world:

rockrose lichen

This post was created in response to Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Dry.

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17 Responses to Dry, Drier, Dried

  1. I can certainly relate to your dried up inspiration to go out in the cold. You did manage to find some gems when you went out though! The wooden sticks do look like an insect. Very cool. I also like the rose lichen. πŸ™‚


  2. What unusual winter dried subjects…..the frog is quite twisted and creepy looking πŸ™‚


  3. Annette your introduction thoughts sound just like what California looks like at the moment, except NO snow. Yeah it rained for a few minutes today.


  4. Love the rock rose lichen, Annette, and the puddle objects are very pretty. As for poor Mr Frog, he needs a decent burial. πŸ™‚


  5. I really like the shriveled frog! Great pics!


  6. tree girl says:

    We are all dried up too. Things get very crispy with a constant 40 degrees celsius.


  7. Oh dear, poor frog ! I can imagine it.


  8. Dina says:

    This post put a big smile on my face. The Bookfayries have a collection of dried frogs, sandwurms etc. I want tell you where they drape them, though… And they refuse to let go…. πŸ˜‰


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