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Minutiae. April 19, 2010

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, macro photos.
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Some little things which had the poor judgment to cross my path today.

Common club moss, here topped with its Spring fertile hats and drenched with morning dew:

Pussy Toes, along the road:

That’s a quarter inch of pristine complexity.

A clump of violets, the local wild kind:

Early saxifrage, clinging to a roadcut on the drive home.

And a little red Columbine, considering whether or not to unfurl its crown at this early date:

Things have popped early this year, and risk being taken down by a cold snap.

Meanwhile, I’m happy to share them with you.

Sating My Moss Obsession. June 18, 2009

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I’ve always loved mosses, which will astonish nobody who’s followed this blog for any length of time.  And this past week of wet weather has brought the little buggers to fullness:

jellied moss

This is two distinct types of moss, the smaller “jellied” one being one of the dozens of types of sphagnum mosses found in the Northeast.  The taller one is a common club moss topped by what I assume to be sporophytes.   Moss, I currently understand, is an ancient plant and is sexless, reproducing through spores, so the red tops are not “flowers” as I had previously thought.

Live and learn, they say.   😉