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Posted by WiseAcre on Mar 11th, 2010

Fire Moss & Ice

Mar 11

Tolerating pollution and broad pH ranges Fire Moss is fairly common.. If you see a patch of moss that has a red haze over it you can be pretty certain it’s Fire Moss. The stalks and spore capsules are red – brown and seen from a shallow side angle a patch of moss has a red haired look. Looking straight down the stalks almost vanish.

Moss and lichens can hardly wait for the snow to melt before they go into their reproductive cycle. After melting and refreezing (who knows how many times) snow has turned to ice trapping a few Fire Moss spore capsules.

Fire Moss – Ceratodon purpureus

Fire moss spore capsules in ice

fire moss and ice   For a closer look click the image above for a 1024 x 768 sized version.

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Just another Felt Lichen – Peltigera polydactylon surrounded by icy snow. This may be the last of the ‘on ice’ lichen photos of the year. The snow is nearly ‘no more’.

Lichen - Peltigera polydactylon

…And now for something completely different:

I found a puzzle today. It was well packed in fur but I suspect it’s missing a few pieces.

Owl Pellet

Owl Pellet

The ‘Awakening’ photo contest at Gardening Gone Wild is still open. The deadline for entries is 11:59 pm Eastern time on Sunday, March 21, 2010. Go check out the details so you can enter too.

The Fire Moss and Ice photo above is my entry. Now show me yours.

11 Responses

  1. Laurrie Says:

    Wow, love the fire moss and ice photo. So full of motion, the ice is alive! I’d vote for it!

  2. cindee Says:

    love the ice(-: That is so cool!
    It is no fair that you found an owl pellet and I didn’t)-:

  3. Ratty Says:

    While thinking of you, I spent the day trying to develop an eye for watching the small stuff in nature. I wandered many times off my trails and into the forest. I discovered that it isn’t always easy to spot some of these things, but I still found some very interesting things. I guess the more I look the more I’ll see. I’ve already learned a lot from you.

  4. rainfield61 Says:

    The fire moss is staring at the frozen dinosaur.

    “No way you can eat me now!!”

    Can you spot the dinosaur?

  5. Karyl Says:

    The fire moss is lovely. Amazing how many tiny beauties are out there, I discover new ones all of the time.

  6. Monica the Garden Faerie Says:

    The melting ice and mosses really are great shots. It reminds me I’m too late to look for skunk cabbage doing the same locally. DOH!

  7. Eliza Says:

    I love moss! Around here ours just grows through the winter unmolested (most of the time, anyway). We did have a mite of snow this season. Nice owl pellet! My daughter likes to order them for dissection. I always wonder where the company gets them from. It would be an odd job to be an owl pellet scavenger!

  8. jodi (bloomingwriter) Says:

    The snow is receding here, too, but I’m still cautious about thinking we’re on our way to spring. I love the mosses, which some people seem to think are nuisance plants that should be ‘removed’ from lawn. then there are others who WANT to make moss lawns. We humans are weird. But at least we don’t regurgitate our food in pellets. I think that’s probably a good thing.

  9. Joy Says:

    Dear Mr. WiseA**
    I’m sorry it has been such a long time since I have been here and left wisecracks ? LOL
    I see your photographic skills have blown me out of the water ! You are taking such amazing pictures : )
    I have a thing for moss (good thing since it is growing in the back garden ? )
    The smell of ferns and mosses in the woods .. I can’t explain it but I guess since I played in the woods as a kid .. I am totally in love with it all .. except for the regurgitation bits from the other kids playing in the woods ? LOL
    Joy : )
    PS .. did ya’ miss me at all ? hehehehe

  10. Joy Says:

    Dear Mr. WiseA**
    I appreciate the no comment on the nobrainer 😉
    I knew it had to be hard for you to leave THAT alone ! LOL
    wink wink

  11. Randy Says:

    That ice and moss photo is exquisite!