Starting with the left column of photos, I looked at this mound of soil just before getting into the car the other day. Taking a second look I thought wow, that's not soil but the bottom of a huge tree that has fallen over and you can see how shallow the roots were. Then I looked at the top of the root mass and life was carrying on by way of goldenrod and grasses growing right to the edge. Something had dug holes in the bottom looking for food or to nest.
The right hand column are photos from our trip to Florida earlier this year. Walking along a pier I looked down while the tide was out to see the skeleton of this bird. The fish and micro-organisms in the water probably ate the flesh to sustain themselves.
I don't normally snap a picture of dead fish but leaving a park one day, this poor fellow was lying in the grass. It was the pattern on the carcass that caught my eye - what a thing of beauty.
The last photo is of a weather worn tree stump that may have washed ashore or maybe even the tree grew there at one time. Small fish and water bugs were swimming around the roots most likely searching for algae or some other form of food.
Looking at things in nature with an open mind it's easy to see beauty, even after death.
I'm linking with Mary from Little Red House for her so much fun Mosaic Monday.