At this time of the year, the soft and lush new-summer leaves of the maples, birches, and other deciduous trees in our woods have closed many of the winter and spring canopy gaps among the firs, spruces, and cedars there. However, when a breeze shuffles the leafy branches, shafts of sunlight can beam briefly down onto the forest floor and touch the moss and fern (including this Cinnamon Fern).

The moment can provide a small heart-lilt for those who are attuned to the subtle harmonies being played. (Brooklin, Maine)