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Journey Beneath a Wreath of Trees

Not based on true events

Tucked deep within the woods and surrounded by the immense trunks of the ancient and powerful pines which ruled that land, one could easily become helplessly lost in the maze of wonders beneath those boughs. A toadstool here, a fallen branch there, and yet again a toadstool here and a branch there;everything may swirl about you in a pixie dance, and only those take in every detail may break through.

That is why they were all strung together with a web-like cord of brown. They are the tiny twinflowers trailing in modest simplicity beneath the giants of trees. Yes, indeed, these siblings were all roped fast together and remained so through all their trek in the forest. No marching feet did they have as they weaved along whichever which way through the emerald light. Day after day they wound in and out, out and in, until finally only one object succeeded in halting their advance. 

It was a large, round pompous stone, so determined to arrest their movement that it would not even roll aside ( very few rocks can anyways) to allow them to pass. Only then did the leader of the chain, the youngest sprout of all, lift up one of its delicate bell-shaped heads to the barricade. Nay, it could not stop them! A suspenseful day and a night passed, and then another day and night, and yet another day and night, yet the flowers had not passed. The victory over the little green and pink ones were at hand, the march had ended. But wait! What is this? On the far side of the stone, a tiny verdant spike protruded over the moss, and as the day went on it grew. 

Finally, two blooms appeared  dangling over the moss top, and there, as spidery as ever, was a new twinflower. Thus, with the stone behind, the line continued their journey, and, as might be expected, reached the end of their rope.

Twinflower
Linnaea borealis

The visible  flowers of this beautiful trailing plant are connected by a tough root hidden underground. Growing to a length of two feet, these plants bear bell-shaped flowers of a pale pink hue on a thin, upright stem. They are very short, so to find them, you must do a little nosing just above the moss. They are fed upon by deer and grouse.

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