I think these are trumpet lichen (Cladonia Fimbriata). I’ve been trying to get a clear shot of them since I discovered them in early March. Today, I tried out a mini tripod with flexible legs and it certainly helps get a clear shot from an otherwise awkward/impossible position.
It is challenging to get a clear shot of these tiny sporophytes with auto focus, which is what I primarily use. Manual focus worked like magic! I think it’s time to start using it more.
This rainshine moment is brought to you by Klaus the Pug who requires visiting the backyard a few times each day. If it weren’t for his biological needs (including sniffing all the things), I may not see the backyard as often as I do!
I think what I love most about taking photos of moss are the surprising details I can’t see through the lens or even with my own eyes.
I’ve posted daily on tookapic and instagram, but not here; it takes a little more time to post on WordPress. I was busy with a special guest, my Mom. She arrived Thursday and left Saturday morning. We ate at IKEA, walked in a nature park, and saw Agnes Obel. My Mom turns 70 this year. The importance of spending time with her has increased greatly.
- Interstitial 113: Bunnysitting. Caring for my daughter’s cute bunny while she enjoys a well-deserved vacation.
- Interstitial 114: Sweetness. Captured this sweet scene on my walk today.
- Interstitial 115: Tiny Garden. A tiny, mossy, rooftop garden.
- Interstitial 116: Pluviophile. (n). a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days. Also known as a native Oregonian.
Interstitial 113: Bunnysitting
Interstitial 114: Sweetness
Interstitial 115: Tiny Garden
Interstitial 116: Pluviophile
I was home sick most of this week and didn’t feel like using the camera and spending the time to review, edit, and post each day. Instead, I used my camera phone and posted directly to tookapic.com. It was my first time using the filter feature on the iPhone camera, and the photos turned out more interesting than I expected. I really like them!
Interstitial 105: Window Light. Sick in bed; happy for the light that comes through the window.
Interstitial 106: Dreamscape. Making use of the iPhone’s camera features for an interesting shot. The “process” filter creates a dreamy effect. I rather like it!
Interstitial 107: Hey. Driving home I saw a pocket of fog up ahead so I drove past my street and pulled over to investigate. The trees in the background on the left are part of the Scouter Mountain Nature Park I often visit. You have to pass this field to get there and are sometimes greeted by horses.
Interstitial 108: Blooming Barberry. The barberry bush buds are opening and there’s so many more tiny leaves!
But different this time! I may be developing a thing for moss.
“To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.” —Helen Keller
Evergreens and moss in the coastal ranges and valleys of the Pacific Northwest gift us with green throughout the winter. Green is home.
The bright red branches deliciously contrast with the deep green conifers in the background, as well as the moss and lichen that seems to be taking over. I chose a closeup because I couldn’t get the wider shot I had in my head. The kit lens can only do so much!