Several months ago I placed one of my felted wool acorns in my terrarium and have watched as it changed. It changed from brown to grey-green as a mold covered it, then back to brown when the mold mysteriously disappeared. (I like to think that the acorn defeated the mold) It's been a process that I've enjoyed, being a curious observer of life.
I remember reading earlier this year, a blog post by the amazing Margie Oomen of Resurrection Fern, in which she placed some of her fantastic crochet-covered stones in a secret location in order to watch their progression. I thought it was such an intriguing idea to go beyond the terrarium and into nature. It wasn't until this weekend though that I finally found just the right place in which to locate my little acorn rainbow.
I (literally) stumbled over a moss covered oak stump in the woods while looking for mushrooms. It's partially covered by underbrush and in a place that I (crosses fingers) think my children and chickens won't find them. I layed the acorns out in a small circle and it felt like I was leaving an offering to mother nature. I'm eager to see what she does with them.
I plan to check on them from time to time and see how they've changed. I'm wondering if they'll be moved by interfering squirrels, devoured by lichens, faded by time. There will of course be a long stretch of Minnesota winter coming soon so those pictures may just be white... I hope you'll check back to see what I see.