Nothing exciting is happening in my garden these days ...
Let's check out the rock wall!
Wow, this moss looks lush and vibrant, even in the middle of winter.
Up close, it resembles a thick forest landscape.
The lichens are alive and multiplying, too.
As the snow and ice retreat, their pathways and wanderings become colorful and dimensional.
Huh ... moss in a tiny "cave"; I wonder if insects or critters find refuge here?
Each rock has a unique shape, structure, and colony of life forms.
The snow wraps around like the hug of a warm blanket.
I'm curious about all the creatures, plants, and life forms that live between the rock and the snow.
Nature offers fascinating collages, draping across the rocks.
The warmth of the rock encourages Sedums to sprout early.
And Lamiums caught between a rock and a hard place can thrive even during the bitterest season.
Shaggy, dormant grasses add winter interest.
Did these tiny collections of sticks, nuts, and fruits occur only through gravity and happenstance, or did a small mammal bring them here?
Some of these spots actually look warm and comfortable. I guess the rock wall is more than simply a pile of cold, hard rock: It's a vibrant, active ecosystem!
Update: The quality of this video is poor, but perhaps worth including with this post. It shows a Mourning Cloak butterfly checking out the rock wall (for a possible hibernation spot?) a couple of years ago:
Mourning Cloaks are among the few butterflies that overwinter as adults in cold climates. Visit Butterflies and Moths of North America to learn more about them.