Interestingly enough, there were a few plants growing on the top of the pile, and a few old stumps, which held some biology after all.
This tiny grasshopper blended in with the fall colors, until it jumped onto a patch of moss.
Pixie Cup Lichen, Cladonia pyxidata, grew in a couple patches.
British Soldier Lichen, Cladonia cristatella, made itself known with its bright red caps. Those red caps on the stalks hold its spores.
And since I can never resist turning over a decaying log, I was rewarded with this scarab beetle grub. Not sure what it is, but it's kind of pretty. If you squint a lot, it almost resembles a delicious dumpling.
"Life will find a way."