Lichens and mosses intermingled
|Land reclamation, moss phase|
|In a detail of the photo above,|
spore capsules rise above the moss body
|Antheridia, the male dimension|
|Prominent antheridia from moss amid lichens|
|A pincushion moss rising above a sward of distant relatives|
|Cladina rangiferina, gray reindeer lichen or 'reindeer moss'|
Except in rare cases it's not hard to tell these two classes apart. Verification of a particular species may require magnification and experience.
|Fern frond above moss carpet|
|Canada mayflower surrounded by moss|
Moss carpets and dignifies other plants that it underlies. It counters the general tangle of nature. It feels good to the touch.
Its qualities of proportion and behavior, of steady deferential service, of fine-textured complementarity to larger expressions, make moss an ideal element of Zen gardens and the moments of Nature they emulate.
|Moss on a quarry rim, Halibut Point|