About a mile further up the mountain from the cliffs in yesterday’s post there is a rocky, south-facing, open ridge often frequented by Big Horn Sheep, elk and deer. There were none of them in residence yesterday, but I noticed some very pretty lichens and some small mosses which seemed to be thriving there on the rocks, none of which I can positively identify. For those who are knowledgeable in such things, here are some photos (and a couple of guesses about what they are).
Possibly Yellow-green cushion moss (Dicranoweisia crispula) That little moss was about the size of a quarter, and I noticed that there is a whole botanical garden around it in the space of just a few square inches.
Possibly Yellow-green cushion moss (Dicranoweisia crispula)
Possibly Palm moss (Climacium dendroides)
No good guesses
Pixie-cup Lichen (Cladonia pyxidata)?
Pixie-cup Lichen (Cladonia pyxidata) ?
Possibly Cow Pie lichen (Diploschistes muscorum) ?