|On the top of the boulder was a nice patch of Rhodobryum ontariense, very nicely opened with the wet weather. Its older name of Rhodobryum roseum seems much more appropriate with its nice rose-like growth form.|
|All over the ground, tops of boulders, covering logs was the fern-like moss, Thuidium delicatulum:|
The next stop was on a powerline cut and the Polytrichums were wonderful! If you want to look at several kinds of Polytrichums, a powerline is the place to be.
|Polytrichum juniperinum is shown here next to Polytrichum pallidisetum. Note the nice silvery bluegreen of P. juniperinum on the left:|
|Here's a lovely picture of the male splash cups of P. juniperinum amongst some lichens on the top of a dry boulder:|
|Here's a close-up of the splash cups|
|Polytrichum piliferum has long, white hairpoints|
|A deep cushion of Polytrichum commune|
And i couldn't help but notice all the other nice things happening in the woods:
|All the ferns were unfurling|
|Saw several nice patches of the downy rattlesnake plantain.|
|Who doesn't love Jack-in-the-pulpit?|
|Lots of sweet white violets, Viola blanda|
And, unfortunately lots of other, not so nice things are out this spring:
|an adult female deer tick....yuck.|
came back with 2 deer ticks and 2 dog ticks.