moss

I’m obsessed with the mosses growing all over everything in Glasgow! I imagine they are most obvious right now because of the cold and moisture of winter but they can found on practically all fixed objects with a vaguely flat surface where moisture can collect and add a huge amount of cheer to the grey-brown winter landscape…

I’m looking forward to learning about the many different species- there are over 900 species of bryophytes (a group that includes not only mosses, but also liverworts and hornworts which are commonly confused with mosses) here in Scotland and, although I come from a relatively lush part of Australia, I’m a complete novice when it comes to bryophyte ID. So I have my work cut out for me.

In the meantime, I’m just enjoying these as-yet-unnamed beauties in all their forms…

Dots

Dots

Mossy dots

Mossy dots

Mossy dots

Mossy dots

Bridge

Bulges

Wall

Wall

Mossy walls

Mossy walls

Steps

Steps

Tree roots

Tree roots

Pompom trees

Pompom trees

Moss pompoms

Moss pompoms

Twig

Twig

Mossy jumper

Mossy balaclava

Branch

Branch

Knot

Knot

Moss on cherry bark

Moss on cherry bark

And, just because it’s so lovely, I’m adding this lichen into the mix. Not sure I’ll be taking on a study in Scottish lichens though- that’s another 1500 species!

Lichen on birch tree

Lichen on birch tree

Happy weekend!

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