Moss-footed oaks stand silently as the icy rain falls in the forest. As the ice accumulates on each twig and branch, the world becomes crystalized and enchanted. Since it was 70 degrees F. on Saturday, a mayhaw (Cretaegus opaca) down in the swamp decided to bloom. Today in 32 degrees F. it has changed its mind. The fickle Louisiana weather confuses everything. In the leaf litter under the leafless oak canopy the crane-fly orchid's (Tipulariadiscolor) green leaves attempt to photosynthesize since the sunlight can reach them on the forest floor. This plant will store food when the sun shines again to prepare for its spire of tiny orchids that bloom in late summer. The leaves disappear at that time. Nature's ways are fascinating if only one stops to look and ponder them.