March 12, 2010

A Walk in the Woods: "Skirts" of Mosses and Lichens

Snow, which had blanketed the feet of trees, is retreating, uncovering a decorative band of mosses and lichens kept moist all winter. A surprisingly fluffy green strikes a bright note amid the grays and browns.

On other trees, there is the deep warm green of moss alongside the cool blue-green of lichen. This lichen is quite a beautiful one, with tiny leaf forms, overlapping in wavy patterns, almost like a miniature kale; it's a tiny treasure revealed by the advance of spring.

1 comment:

  1. Particularly like that top image for the fact it does look so skirt like and added on.
    How utterly curious.
    I find it fascinating all this post snow imageryIm seeing on blogs from the far north!