Nature Reclaims Lost Shoe

July 22, 2022


Photographer: Rosario Catania

Summary Author: Rosario Catania

The picture above shows a lost shoe in the woods near the Etna volcano.  As is happening above, nature always reclaims the spaces that belong to her. It’s just a matter of time before plants and organisms begin to grow and utilize the discarded items on the forest floor. Commonly found on fallen trees and rocks, moss is considered both a producer and decomposer since it typically helps breaking down items into available nutrients. This work has a larger significance within the lifecycle of ecosystems because it makes nutrients available for surrounding organisms.

Now in perfect camouflage, time for the shoe pictured above will pass, but it will devour its contents. A time that for our existence means a lot, but in the cycle of nature is only a flash. 


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