This is the lovely Klingenmühle, an old mill in the Swabian-Frankonian Forest near Laufenmühle/Welzheim. It was one station on a walking tour from Laufenmühle via Wieslauschlucht, Strümpfelbachtal, Ebnisee and back. Other sights were an abandoned pump station without a roof, totally wrecked up, never emptied and beautifully covered with moss. This grows abundantly because of the high air humidity and little sunshine in the tree-infested gorge. We passed a lot of little waterfalls and made a picknick at Ebnisee. But that was completely crowded with masses of excursionists for the warm and sunny weather and the Easter holidays, so we left quickly and returned on a different way to the point of origin of the walk. A last glimpse at the Laufenmühle Viadukt, an overpass over the Wieslauf, a little stream. All in all we managed a distance of about 12,5 kilometers. Here is what we found: Lots of spring bloomers in meadow and woods, mosses and interesting aspects.
@ 2014-04-27 – 18:45:43
@ 2014-04-14 – 17:24:19
Today there was a day off! Instead of venturing a bigger journey to a more exciting area, I reacted to the weather forecast and expected some heavy wind and rain. Now it turned out to be a quite stormy, but also nice day with even some sunny periods. I didn't go so far, but instead roamed the usual paths around in the neighbourhood. Nevertheless found a few very interesting things, besides all the beautiful signs of spring in nature. Talking of biodiversity in wild flowers, I think, it's not the worst area, considering the fact, that it's so close to the major city Stuttgart. Here are some impressions of my day:
Vinca minor, the Lesser periwinkle, is late, but still blooming
@ 2014-03-18 – 19:43:21
On Sunday we did a very short trip to Lake Ebni near Kaisersberg in the Swabian-Frankonian forest and had a little walk through the woods nearby. Here you can find some smaller canyons, rock slopes and even a grotto! Look what we found:
A little well with drinkable delicious ice cold water
Caught my husband drinking from the bewitched water!
Spectacular zones of fructifying Pellia
Along with some different species which covered all of the wet rocks
@ 2014-02-12 – 20:19:08
@ 2013-01-07 – 20:28:06
No snow, no ice, but it was Christmas time anyway. We had a tight walk through the winterly vineyards and forest above Hemsbach/Bergstraße. All the walls and old grapevine with lots of moss & lichen on it. No spectacular species, only the common ones, but lovely, too! Later on and higher up in the hills mushrooms on fallen trunks as well as - to my surprise - wild cyclamen in the woods. Heavy clouds and some rain on Boxing Day, but we had our little workout and lots of hunger for the following delicious dinner.
Somme Grimmia pulvinata on wall
Cushions of Barbula convoluta I think
Grimmia together with Schistidium
Old grapevine gives home to lots of guests as moss & lichen
Now this is really nice, the same species in different color on the dry and the wet side
Always lots and lots of granite rocks
Ivy on Hypnum cupressiforme
Wild cyclamen near the path. Would love to come back again and catch them blooming!
With family on top of the hills and in animated conversation
Dark clouds and heavy skies before the rain
Wonder why he is screaming all the time ...
Looks like some ancient ritual place
I love little wells!
Wishing you all a healthy and beautiful new year with lots of nice moss findings!
@ 2012-04-16 – 21:57:01
Now that gets one of my favorite woods areas ever, because it is not far away from where I live and it gives home to a wide variety of species of moss and other plants. Here you see some impressions of my latest spring trip to the Swabian-Franconian Forest. I squeezed the last rest of capacity out of my camera akkus, but it reached not so very far. Half of the way I had to suffer from seeing and finding, but not being able to take pics any more. I hope I get smart and load the akkus better next time. I come back, I promise. Last but not least, the Iced Coffee in one of the Gelaterias in the pedestrian zone of the small town is the best finish of a walking-tour!
Vaccinium myrtillus flowering
Tortella tortuosa in dry stadium
The same species in wet conditions
A wood-damaging mushroom, Ustulina deusta
Probably Scapania nemorea
Römersee, a little lake
Instructive sign at Römersee
Spawning toads at Römersee
Not quite sure about that, according to the habitat in splashwater zone probably Rhynchostegium riparioides
The lovely Rhizomnium punctatum
Polytrichum formosum, a very common moss
Pertusaria amara, a lichen
Peltigera horizontalis, another lichen on rocks
Bottom side of Peltigera horizontalis
Masses of Neckera crispa in very large patches
Paradise for moss lovers!
Can anyone tell me what happened to the surface of that rock? Maybe we see little fossil caves?
Hmmm, that's where I do belong!
Metzgeria pubescens on bark
Metzgeria furcata on bark
Above & beneath Luzula sylvatica, a common grass
Dicranum scoparium fructifying
Ctenidium molluscum with ivy and Trentepohlia aurea
Asplenium trichomanes, a fern
Huperzia selago, a lycophyte or clubmoss
Little fairies' caves entrances everywhere ...
@ 2012-04-09 – 11:54:03
Yesterday on our way back from an Easter visit we had a stop at the "Felsenmeer" (sea of rocks) at Reichenbach, Odenwald. Cold, but sunny day, and lots of families climbed the rocks (tourists like us). Not so easy to take photos without having colorful spots of people on them ...
Dwell named after Siegfried, a hero of Nibelungen saga
Probably Dicranum scoparium
A lichen, maybe Lecidella, Lecidea or Porpidia
Looks like he's singing to the woods ;-)
A fern, probably Dryopteris
A Cladonia lichen
Youngsters of Fagus sylvatica
That's what happened to the homemade cake of my mother in law. We were supposed to take it home, but it didn't survive the first 20 kilometers of our way home ...
@ 2012-03-02 – 10:50:44
Yesterday only a very little walk in the surroundings. Although sun was out, birds singing like crazy and temperatures particularly high, not many signs of life and coming spring out there. Only a few late winter and early spring bloomers dared to put their heads out. But as always, you can depend on moss to give you a fresh green, lush look!
@ 2011-07-11 – 11:52:08
Back from 6 wonderful days in the Black Forest filled with nothing but hiking, eating and sleeping. Saw lots of moss, even species that were new for me and I never found before. Gorgeous countryside with most beautiful views of the landscape scenery. I absolutely love this area!
I never saw cushions of Leucobryum glaucum of that size and in such spreads.
Leucobryum on all kinds of surfaces, on blank soil, on rotten wood and on stone, amazing!
Please help me to identify this kind of moss. Maybe Marsupella emarginata or aquatica, I think. Partially emerged and partially submerged in splash water zone of a well.
In a totally different place at a dry, sunny and hot scarp, I found Polytrichum piliferum, together with aromatic herbs such as Thymus pulegioides.
And now again, and that's the reason why I always have to "run through the jungle", my all time favourite: peat moss, Sphagnum. Near home I never have a chance to trace it because of lime soils. The first one, I think, is Sphagnum nemoreum.
Probably Sphagnum palustre
And, newly found and most beautiful, probably Sphagnum squarrosum
@ 2011-02-13 – 16:03:05
@ 2011-01-16 – 17:14:02
Lately I found Lophocolea heterophylla in the beginning of sporulation. I took a little piece of it home, put it on the kitchen window sill and kept it moist. I was very pleased that it developed in a period of about 3 days and took a few shots to show the different stages. The whole thing is so tiny it was very difficult, so this is everything the camera and I were able to do. I love the cute little brown stars ...
@ 2010-12-13 – 20:07:38
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@ 2010-12-12 – 18:41:36
The first snow of the year came early. Now it has melted away already, leaving nothing but ankle-deep mud and sludge, but 2 weeks ago I shot these ones of the flakes on Tortula muralis (above), Orthotrichum affine and Lophocolea bidentata.
@ 2010-11-29 – 19:53:23
Finally I got some better pics of Porella platyphylla. Mostly it grows in deep shade on rocks in the woods of limestone areas. So the light is always dim, that makes it difficult to shoot pics without using a stand. Lately I took the chance to transport a little stone into more bright light to gather sharp photos.
@ 2010-11-27 – 19:08:45
I love the different shades of green moss shows even in winter. This is an "urban mix" of Grimmia pulvinata, Tortula muralis and Schistidium at a garden wall. These species are very common, even in cities. So many beautiful corresponding colors on a few square centimeters! Take a closer look at your surrounding and you will find them almost everywhere. (Click on the pic to enlarge.)
@ 2010-11-21 – 10:10:27
Fall is the perfect season for moss and for moss lovers, too! Trees lose their leaves, everything gets cold and turns to grey, but moss stays bright green and enjoys humidity.
Eurhynchium in rain, drops on spore capsules
Photographer in rain ;-), drops on the lens
@ 2010-11-07 – 16:18:48
Fall adds some beautiful red colors and gives nice contrast to the green of mosses.
Rose hips on Barbula
Blackberry leaves on Schistidium
@ 2010-11-01 – 15:36:26
Going for some fresh, aromatic air, catching some sun rays and enjoying sensational 13 °C in November! Today we took a walk in the vineyards near Mundelsheim. The grapes were already harvested, leaves in spectacular colors are falling, the sky couldn't be any bluer, and some common mosses near the path, too.
Last vine leaves
Lots of ivy on a tree
Grimmia pulvinata on a low roof of an old wine tool shed
Cigarette seems to be of a great taste outdoors ;-)
Some forsaken grapes, finally stolen and eaten
Me myself & I
Some great view over the hills
Barbula convoluta I think
@ 2010-05-24 – 14:21:26
@ 2010-05-21 – 19:43:13