National Geographic : 1987 Feb
N ot lacking in dramatic horizons, the trail also leads to curious sights along the forest floor. On a fallen branch in the White Moun tains, a fungus called a birch polypore forms a bulbous shape (left). Light and shadow play over maple leaves on a mossy boulder to createa multihued mosaic (below left) on Mount Wash ington. Lacking chlorophyll of its own to produce food, Indian pipe (above), found from Maine to Georgia, draws nourishmentfrom other plants with the help of a root fungus. A hard rain peppers the water like buckshot in a Vermont trailsidepond frequented by a flotilla of unconcerned ducks (right).