Saturday, 5 February 2011

Slowly going blind by moss

I have been spending far too long at the computer today, slowly working my way through the photos that I took yesterday on my moss/liverwort/lichen foray. My eyes and head do ache...

Together with field guides, internet sites and a large dollop of faith, I have been trying to piece together what, exactly, is what. Needless to say, these organisms are not easy. There are thousands of the bloody things, many are similar, many need the deft eye of an expert and many need to be left well alone. I was quite pleased to identify a minimum of 15 species, with several pending and quite a few more destined to remain in a folder marked 'unknown'. I am seriously thinking about going on an organised bryological outing to get a bit of help. I enjoyed yesterday immensly - when you look at things from a different perspective it is astonishing just what there is to be seen. Moss was green and slimy to me not long ago. It is a thing of beauty in reality. I may well bore you with several images in the coming days. I bet you can't wait.

5 comments:

  1. "I may well bore you with several images in the coming days. I bet you can't wait."

    Not in the slightest Steve. Hats off to you for taking on such a difficult subject.

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  2. Thanks Dean, although juggling with chain-saws might be easier...

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  3. "The long winter evenings must really fly by"

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  4. In the light of recent correspondence, I'm pleased to withdraw my sarcastic comment above :-)

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  5. Steve, I enjoyed the quote. I'm happy to let in remain!

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