Some old puffballs, and a new crop of toadstool.
Walking into the preserve he was greeted by a series of bird calls. It was a networking to perhaps let everyone know of the intruder. A female Junco flitted up on a nearby branch and sang a greeting. The wind carried it across the prairie, sharing her happiness. The trail he was following split into three different arms and he headed on the one he could see ahead of him well. He watched the smaller cedars, hoping to spot signs of a Saw Whet owl. This tiny owl roosts at eye level and leaves a streak of white where it roosts the most. Many of the cedar were covered with blue berries, seeds for future trees. The winter colors of this area were very unique and added to the charm of the prairie. Bluestem grasses swayed with a beautiful rust color, with smaller grasses accented in golden tones. Each new plant greeted him as if he was visiting old friends, and indeed he was. A tiny sparrow flew up from down in the grasses, alarming him in all the stillness. Approaching a saddle in the hills he began the climb to ascend the ridge. Once at the top, one could walk and view the region from a different perception. One can sometimes walk for miles at this higher altitude.
A deer burst up from its slumber in a dense grove of cedars. It moved so fast it was hard to tell if it was a male or female. He followed around a bend hoping to see it again, but it had a good cover to stay hidden in. Climbing up the last slope to get up on top of the ridge, the land smiled and shared its far off beauty. It surrounded him with a new view of the area around, being able to see for miles. He stood and felt the spirit as it greeted him and took off his jacket having heated up with the climb. He used it as a pillow and stretched out in the grasses and listened to the world around. A song played on the wind, that song of life, and his life was enriched just being part of this opera around him. When he had cooled down he stood and offered his short oratorio to the people in his life and his song was added to the song of life, being carried on a gentle prairie breeze.