Montana Outdoors

March 7, 2009

River moss

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 8:18 pm

OK, so I’ll have to come clean and admit it: I’m just a pushover for winter moss. I stalked to within camera range of these examples yesterday down by the river as they basked in the sun. (We are having a bit of a blizzard at the moment tonight, so I suppose they are now tucked in under a fresh white blanket of snow.)

A small rock and moss garden just above the river.River moss

A 3 ft X 4 ft green quilt spread on a rock for display.River moss

A 2 ft square mosaic.
River moss

Five feet of bright green.
River moss

A 4 ft X 5 ft section of a planter at the base of a pine.
River moss

After spending years wondering why the moss seems to be at its annual best at exactly this time of year, I finally came to my senses and realized that it’s simply getting ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!


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  2. Irish moss!


    Comment by Cedar — March 8, 2009 @ 7:56 am

    • Now I’ll have to prowl around down there and see if I can spot any Leprechauns tending their gardens!


      Comment by montucky — March 8, 2009 @ 9:20 am

  3. It fits! St. Patty’s Day and lots of moss:) (I am also a fan of lichens). Oh and ferns! Great photos.


    Comment by Maureen — March 8, 2009 @ 9:06 am

    • I’m a big fan of lichens too, to the extent that I’m always careful where I put my boots when climbing on rocks so I don’t disturb them. They have color, texture and pattern all going for them and they retain their colors through all seasons.

      We have ferns every summer at the edge of the wild areas around our house, but the best ones are along some of the small streams where I most enjoy fishing. they add so much to the beauty of summer!


      Comment by montucky — March 8, 2009 @ 9:27 am

  4. These are really cool. I enjoy seeing and photographing moss, lichens and fungi as well. Last June, a friend who lives in Bar Harbor, Maine and I participated in a ranger-led program called “The Forests of Lilliput” in Acadia National Park. It was all about these organisms and the program really opened my eyes to their own special beauty.


    Comment by edvatza — March 8, 2009 @ 9:36 am

    • they are indeed special and have their own beauty. Some are so bright and interesting that the draw my attention even in wildflower season.

      Th moss and lichens along the river also fascinate me because during spring runoff many are under water for several weeks and I’m always amazed that they can tolerate that, especially in areas where there is a very strong current flow. You’d think they would be scoured away!


      Comment by montucky — March 8, 2009 @ 10:20 am

  5. Hence the old saying…”A stoned Irishman gathers his moss.”

    I get it, now!


    Comment by Pinhole — March 8, 2009 @ 10:19 am

  6. St. Patrick would be pleased. While our snow is gone, I saw on the weather channel map that NW Montana and Idaho were getting a lot more white stuff.



    Comment by knightofswords — March 8, 2009 @ 10:57 am

    • Oh yes! We are getting a little here in the valley, but the mountains are looking good! I predict that the valley snow will last only a week.


      Comment by montucky — March 8, 2009 @ 11:50 am

  7. These photos bring to mind the old movie Brigadoon. I can see the village nestled in the hills and valleys.


    Comment by SuzieQ — March 8, 2009 @ 11:19 am

    • The little town near here is somewhat like that, although the valley is wider at that point.


      Comment by montucky — March 8, 2009 @ 11:52 am

  8. love those patches of green color! what a contrast!


    Comment by silken — March 8, 2009 @ 6:55 pm

    • Even when winter becomes drab, nature has small green gardens growing somewhere.


      Comment by montucky — March 8, 2009 @ 7:26 pm

  9. I took a class in bryophytes back in college during this time of year. Never realized how much is growing this time of year right under our feet. Spent a lot of time crawling around such places as you have shown us here that semester. 🙂


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — March 10, 2009 @ 1:40 pm

    • That would be an interesting class I’m sure! Wish there were a school closer: I’d take a few classes myself. I see so many things of which I have little knowledge.


      Comment by montucky — March 10, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

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