On the way back from the Catskills, we often stop at Minnewaska State Park and walk a portion of the Long Trail, which wildfire burned in April 2008... 3,100 acres in total.
Dead wood still standing years after the blaze.
Sheep laurel is not a surprise.
Nor are the sassafras resprouts.
Nor, is the maleberry.
Nor the bracken fern.
Considering the thin, bony soil... but there is always something to learn. Always a surprise.
Whorled loosestrife which shows up in my clay-clod backyard near the drainage ditch? (Plants of PA says "dry, open woods", so I shouldn't be too surprised).
But, witch hazel, of moist, rocky woods?
But, winterberry holly, shrub of Sourlands forested wetlands?
Water is magical in these landscapes - a rill, a trickle, a brook, or bog. The plants find it.