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Moss And Sundews. August 1, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in macro photos.
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Along the road today I noticed a patch of moss clinging to a road cut and stopped – I’ve found sundews here in the past and hoped to find them again.

Well, I did, though it was the Sphagnum moss which caught my eye:

…with sundews poking through on the left.  The moss is in a sort-of jelled state of development (it goes through some significant changes in the course of its life cycle) and has hung onto a few of its spore-bearing structures:

…and of course there’s that little spatulate sundew leaf, obligingly red.

The sundews have magnificent (albeit tiny) flower spikes developing:

I hope to see them bloom soon.

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1. byrde - August 2, 2011

I have an inexplicable fascination with your moss photos. Love’em!

2. Randal Graves - August 2, 2011

Bears slight resemblance to a bowl of noodles. Dammit, now I’m hungry.

3. littlebangtheory - August 2, 2011

Randal, go eat. 😉

byrde, good to hear from you – I’ve slacked on the moss this season, but then, it ain’t over yet!

4. Steve - August 6, 2011

As with insects, the more primitive and primeval plants are like something from another planet. Horestails, liverworts, mosses, some ferns… Great shots.

5. littlebangtheory - August 6, 2011

Steve, thanks. My favorite of the bunch was the second, where the succulent, star-shaped tips seem illuminated from within. They’re so atypical in the plantosphere.

I need to spend more time with the Little Things, and learn to represent them in a worthy way.

6. susan - August 9, 2011

Perhaps you could do some photography for James Cameron. You’re very good at finding alien landscapes.

7. littlebangtheory - August 10, 2011

I’m thinking he has a stable of competent contributors with the resources to get out and get around, though the idea is certainly intriguing! 😆


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