Walking, shuffling, stumbling, slipping, sliding along the wet forest floor and over round topped rocks in the rain. Trying not to trip over criss crossing roots hidden beneath maple and alder leaves that steadily tumble and spin down from above. My gaze moves from avoiding trip hazards to closely looking what lives between those roots and leaves. I slow down, kneel and peer amongst the leaves. The slowing down to look was the important part.

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