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  • Bryophytes: The Mniaceae family

    At first Rhizomnium punctatum, 2 or 3 pics.
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    Maybe this one, too:
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    The following are probably Mnium hornum:
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    Lovely family, more pics will follow soon!

  • Lac Vert in the Vosges

    On our way back from a concert in Switzerland a few weeks ago we took the long way home and made a detour to France via the Vosges and incidently found a perfect place off the main roads.
    "Lac Vert", the name says it all. A small green lake with a most exciting way down to the water with lots of beautiful moss finds.
    Here's some Dicranum or Dicranella for you:
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    Twisted wood
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    Here are two different species I don't recognize, I have to look it up and see if I can identify them. Perhaps someone can help?
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    A view from above:
    Lac Vert from above

    A little waterfall at the way down to the water
    Waterfall at Lac Vert

    Peat moss, Sphagnum palustre or maybe squarrosum:
    Sphagnum

    And finally at the waterfront
    Lac Vert at the water
    Green water
    Scene at Lac Vert
    Now this is a real jewel in the middle of the woods, with very few tourists and hikers around, so quiet & beautiful!

  • In the fen

    Polytrichum heap
    Politrichum commune in large heaps

    There are not many peat bogs in Southern Germany. Luckily I got the opportunity to visit one, "Rotes Wasser" (red water) near Beerfelden-Olfen in the Odenwald. Very quiet and lonesome in the morning on a Wednesday, just perfect.
    peat moss
    Spaghnum, peat moss

    Xerocomus badius
    Xerocomus badius, bay bolete

    fern
    Beautiful autumn colours in a fern leaf

    Leccinum scabrum
    Leccinum scabrum, birch bolete

    Sphagnum
    Sphagnum together with Polytrichum commune

    swamp
    Close up of the reddish brown water

    birch
    Around the swamp there were birches and pines

    grasses
    fen
    Polytrichum
    red water

    Juncus
    Many canes, here Juncus acutiflorus I think, arranged in circles around the places of open water

    Peat bog

    Scapania
    Many different mosses along with mushrooms and Calluna in the woods around the moor

    Dicranum
    Amanita muscaria
    Boletus edulis
    Calluna landscape
    Calluna vulgaris

    Amanita phalloides
    I think I even found the deadly poisonous Amanita phalloides, (death cap)

    All in all only the fog was missing, it was a very mystical world and looked like a scene right out of a fairytale of the brothers Grimm!

  • Walking Tour

    Klingenmühle

    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.

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    Wieslaufschlucht
    Wieslauf
    Wieslaufschlucht
    Strümfelbachtal
    Strümfelbachtal
    Strümfelbachtal
    Sphagnum
    Leucobryum glaucum
    Rundweg
    Conocephalum
    Geum rivale
    Viadukt Laufenmühle

  • Spring is in the air!

    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
    Vinca minor, the Lesser periwinkle, is late, but still blooming

    Leucobryum glaucum
    Although it is not a good soil for it, you can find single patches of Leucobryum glaucum, the White cushion moss

    Grass flowering
    Flowering grasses, I don't know which ...

    Fagus sylvatica
    Little spiders and fresh green leaves of Fagus sylvatica, the European beech

    variegated Vicia sepium
    A very, very nice example of a spontaneous variegation on Vicia sepium, the Bush vetch

    Fritillaria meleagris
    In a nature reserve I even found the very rare Fritillaria meleagris, the Snake's head fritillary. There were purple and white ones

    Hepatica nobilis
    Hepatica nobilis, unfortunately without flowers, perhaps it was already too late for them

    spring
    That's what the woods look like in these times of mid April

    Myosotis
    Some nice Myosotis, I don't know which one

    creek
    swamp

    water
    Some little creeks are still running, although the last months were way too dry

    Arum maculatum
    Arum maculatum, the Cuckoo-Pint

    ferns
    Allium ursinum
    Allium ursinum, the Wild garlic

  • Ebnisee - Lake Ebni

    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:

    Sphagnum
    Even some Sphagnum, which is very rare in the area we live!

    Brunnen Auslauf
    A little well with drinkable delicious ice cold water
    Brunnen
    Brunnen
    Caught my husband drinking from the bewitched water!
    Felsklinge
    Pellia
    Spectacular zones of fructifying Pellia
    Pellia-Felsen
    Along with some different species which covered all of the wet rocks
    Gallengrotte

  • Gully Cover

    Now here's a little steampunk for you. I always loved moss on man-made materials. This is only a simple manhole cover, but it looks great in the evening sun after a sleet, doesn't it? And it reminds me of machines and gear wheels in the old times ...
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  • A Christmas walk

    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.
    grimmia
    Somme Grimmia pulvinata on wall
    barbula
    Cushions of Barbula convoluta I think
    grimmia schistidium
    Grimmia together with Schistidium
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    vineyard wall 2
    grapevine
    Old grapevine gives home to lots of guests as moss & lichen
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    Anomodon viticulosus
    barbula wet dry
    Now this is really nice, the same species in different color on the dry and the wet side
    rocks
    Always lots and lots of granite rocks
    moss ivy
    Ivy on Hypnum cupressiforme
    mushrooms on trunk
    mushrooms
    tree
    wild cyclamen
    Wild cyclamen near the path. Would love to come back again and catch them blooming!
    walk
    With family on top of the hills and in animated conversation
    heavy clouds
    Dark clouds and heavy skies before the rain
    tower
    Wonder why he is screaming all the time ...
    moss lichen
    mossy rocks in round
    Looks like some ancient ritual place
    polytrichum
    Politrichum formosum
    Atrichum undulatum
    Atrichum undulatum
    well
    I love little wells!
    well close up
    dicranella
    Dicranella heteromalla
    winterly trees
    hemsbach
    Wishing you all a healthy and beautiful new year with lots of nice moss findings!

  • Murrhardt forest again ...

    Oxalis acetosella
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    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!

    Dicranella_heteromalla1
    Dicranella heteromalla
    Vaccinium_myrtillus
    Vaccinium myrtillus flowering
    Tortella_tortuosa1
    Tortella tortuosa in dry stadium
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    The same species in wet conditions
    Ustulina_deusta
    A wood-damaging mushroom, Ustulina deusta
    Thuidium_tamariscinum
    Thuidium tamariscinum
    Scapania_nemorea1
    Probably Scapania nemorea
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    Römersee, a little lake
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    Instructive sign at Römersee
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    Spawning toads at Römersee
    Rhynchostegium_riparioides
    Not quite sure about that, according to the habitat in splashwater zone probably Rhynchostegium riparioides
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    The lovely Rhizomnium punctatum
    Polytrichum_formosum
    Polytrichum formosum, a very common moss
    Pertusaria_amara
    Pertusaria amara, a lichen
    Peltigera_horizontalis4
    Peltigera horizontalis, another lichen on rocks
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    Bottom side of Peltigera horizontalis
    Neckera_crispa2
    Masses of Neckera crispa in very large patches
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    Paradise for moss lovers!
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    Can anyone tell me what happened to the surface of that rock? Maybe we see little fossil caves?
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    Hmmm, that's where I do belong!
    Metzgeria_pubescens
    Metzgeria pubescens on bark
    Metzgeria_furcata1
    Metzgeria furcata on bark
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    Luzula_sylvatica2
    Above & beneath Luzula sylvatica, a common grass
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    Leucobryum_glaucum1
    Leucobryum glaucum
    Dicranum_scoparium
    Dicranum scoparium fructifying
    Ctenidium_molluscum2
    Ctenidium molluscum with ivy and Trentepohlia aurea
    Asplenium_trichomanes2
    Asplenium trichomanes, a fern
    Huperzia_selago4
    Huperzia selago, a lycophyte or clubmoss
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    Little fairies' caves entrances everywhere ...

  • Ocean of Rocks

    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 ...
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    Dwell named after Siegfried, a hero of Nibelungen saga
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    Probably Dicranum scoparium
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    felsenmeer1
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    A lichen, maybe Lecidella, Lecidea or Porpidia
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    Looks like he's singing to the woods ;-)
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    A fern, probably Dryopteris
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    Dicranum again
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    A Cladonia lichen
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    Youngsters of Fagus sylvatica
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    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 ...

  • Scilla

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    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!
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    Tortula muralis

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    Scilla bifolia

    helleborus
    Helleborus foetidus

    galanthus
    Galanthus nivalis

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    Tortula muralis

    morning
    Morning in the fields

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    Galanthus nivalis

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    Scilla bifolia

  • Black Forest

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    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!
    fern
    hypnum
    I never saw cushions of Leucobryum glaucum of that size and in such spreads.
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    Leucobryum on all kinds of surfaces, on blank soil, on rotten wood and on stone, amazing!
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    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.
    marsupella
    In a totally different place at a dry, sunny and hot scarp, I found Polytrichum piliferum, together with aromatic herbs such as Thymus pulegioides.
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    polytrichum_piliferum2
    Rhizomnium punctatum
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    Rhytiadelphus triquetrus
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    rock
    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.
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    Probably Sphagnum palustre
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    And, newly found and most beautiful, probably Sphagnum squarrosum
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    sphagnum_squarrosum2

  • Black&White

    plagiomnium_undulatum1
    Here are some high-contrast black & white approaches to moss and other motifs on my way today. What do you think about it? (Click to enlarge.)
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    plagiomnium_undulatum3
    tortula_ruralis
    weg
    zaun
    efeu
    holzstapel

  • Lophocolea heterophylla fructifying

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    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 ...
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  • Moss nursery and moss online shop!

    Now, this is really good news: Mountain Moss Enterprises runs a moss nursery and moss internet shop! Today I'm proud to recommend a wonderful announcement warmly to you, especially to all US moss lovers:
    "MOSS SHOP now open!
    Mountain Moss Enterprises is pleased to announce the opening of our online Moss Shop at http://www.facebook.com/l/cf88aJg7l-ctIFUXQJTHrr-Et-w;www.mountainmoss.com
    Bryophytes may be purchased from our nursery for all types of sustainable landscape projects – moss lawns, green roofs, living walls and moss feature gardens. In the specialty gifts section, you'll find moss-as-art creations, terraria, t-shirts and more. Make this year special by planning your activities with our 2011 Calendar -- Bryophytes (Mosses) of Western North Carolina.

    From close-up shots of individual bryophyte types to innovative interpretations of eco-friendly mosses in gardens, each month offers a new and dramatic image. For instance, March features thousands of Funaria hygrometrica mosses in sporophytic stage emerging from the charred wood of a fire. In contrast, April illustrates the beauty of Dicranum scoparium nestled in a moss-as-art log with Spring azaleas providing a framework. The elegance of a single Climacium americanum gamete towers like a “little tree” for August. Although a lichen, the brilliant red of Cladonia crystatella seemed appropriate for February.

    Calendar is printed on high-quality card stock. Spiral-bound, 8.5x11. US holidays are indicated. All original photographs by Annie Martin.Cost: $22.50 US plus shipping.

    Order your own 2011 Bryophyte Calendar now to delight in this magical world of mosses."

    Mountain Moss Enterprises wishes each of you a happy holiday. Of course, me, too. Go Green With Moss! Thank you, my friend Mossin' Annie Martin, for spreading the good news.
    Here you can see the front cover of the calendar:

    Calendar_for_Sale

  • It's wintertime! First snow on the mosses.

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    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.
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  • Porella

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    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.
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    porella10

  • Urban mix

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    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.)

  • Raindrops

    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.
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    Eurhynchium in rain, drops on spore capsules

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    Photographer in rain ;-), drops on the lens

  • Colors of fall

    Fall adds some beautiful red colors and gives nice contrast to the green of mosses.
    hagebutte
    Rose hips on Barbula
    brombeere
    Blackberry leaves on Schistidium


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