I've reached a point in my weekly experiment where the change in the forest this week is less dramatic than it has been for the past several weeks. The trees are well leafed out now, so it is time for the change in the undergrowth to really take over. And I can see differences. It's just that they are more subtle now than was the change from winter to spring.
Several of the trees in the distant background are now obscured or invisible. in the foreground, the mayapples are taller. Fewer brown leaves are visible on the forest floor, mostly because I am seeing less floor to the forest. And though I didn't think it was possible, this week's photo is even greener than last week's. Or maybe that's simply because there's even more green to see.
I'm honestly not sure how long I'll continue my experiment. My first thought was that I'd do it until spring was "over" or at least until the changes weren't as dramatic as they were during the big growing season. Now, I'm toying with the idea of continuing it for a full year, though the logistics of that may at some point prove impossible. It's one thing take a photo every Thursday evening for several weeks, but I'm not sure I can reasonably commit to doing that for a full year.
Still, I am going to continue it for a while, however long that while may be. I'd like to see the green change from this bright shade of early spring to the deep emerald of mid-summer. And then, of course, fall should be very interesting and pretty. And winter could be good too, at least if I have some snow during the upcoming winter (only 210 day to winter solstice). We'll see. That's about the most I will say for now.