I have written already about the scenery and the plants and fungi, so how about mosses and lichens?
I came off the canal towpath at Stacey's Bridge: (built 1792; re-built 1975)
The bridge probably used to carry a road, but these days there is only a muddy footpath between the two crumbling walls of mellow brick:
The tops of the walls are covered in moss:
Close inspection of the wall reveals a multitude of different mosses, lichens and fungi:
After crossing the bridge and beginning to head homewards along the leafy lane which runs parallel to the canal, I noticed more and more mosses. In fact, almost every surface was covered in some sort of growth.
|This stone has evidently not been doing much rolling.|
|Does this remind you of a font, in a church?|
There were several big upright stones like this. I suppose they are ancient boundary-markers of some sort. I can't believe anyone would have put them there just for the fun of it. Each one must weigh at least a ton!
This is a close-up of the surface of one of those stones - deeply pitted. It looks rather like a piece of wood that had been repeatedly attacked by a Woodpecker!
This is a deep hollow in the "crook" of a tree. It collects rainwater and is therefore more or less permanently moist, so it supports its own patch of moss.
I peered inside this hole in the trunk of another big old tree.
There was a miniature lake inside...
This is a close-up of moss growing on a tree. It looks to me just like bushes on a rocky mountainside.
This moss is growing on a log in the car-park where I left my car. You can tell it was cold that day - there was still thick frost on the log at half-past three, despite the sunny afternoon.
Finally for today, I want to publish another photo of a fungus I saw last weekend, for which I now have a positive identification:
This is "Tremella Mesenterica" aka "Witches Butter" and "Yellow Brain Fungus". Thanks to @mouseinthewood on Twitter, for the ID. If you are interested in fungi or foraging in general, it's worth following him.