The grounds of Osprey Mountain School, a magical school in Northern Appalachia. While the school’s water supply comes from the stream that slips over wide, flat stones and winds through the mossy cabins that serve as dormitories and classrooms, the several still, marshy ponds and eddying waterholes fed by stream are what help supply the curriculum. Students must often seek specimens from the grounds for classes like potions, herbology, ecology, divination, magizoology, and Shawnee spellcasting. Squealing leeches, starmoss, grindylows, several species of bioluminescent fungi and moths, and dozens of other species with magical applications can be gathered from the waters on the grounds, testing the students’ knowledge of magical taxonomy.

(photo by Erik Madigan Heck)