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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.


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.   😉