Moss Time - January 12

One of the many wonderful things about mosses is that, unlike herbaceous plants, a great variety are accessible even in the middle of winter. 

I aspire to learn to identify these complex, diminutive, and secretive plants. Many require a microscope for identification, so I've started collecting samples that I can learn to identify at home. 

I don't have IDs yet, but look at the beauty of them!

There are at least six different moss species on this boulder, plus the ferns: 

You can see patches of at least four of them clearly here: