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More Damned Moss! July 27, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, macro photos.
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If a rainy season is good for anything other than rice and ducks, it’s moss.

Here are some close-ups and crops of some local moss which looks to be livin’ large!

Dig this palette of greens:

three greens moss

This is sphagnum moss in its many forms and colors, sometimes cool and green, other times burning red:

inside red moss

The newest growths of sphagnum moss are nearly gelatinous, not having differentiated a skin layer; every cell directly transpires to the outside world.

It seems to be in this tender stage that moss is most eager to explode, producing phalanxes of spore pods on a mission to Go Forth and Multiply:

lime sporogonia

The moss-watching has gotten a little easier this year, as I caught it early and have followed it through changes which I hadn’t known happened, but which are starting to make sense.

More to come as this story blossoms.