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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Is this normal?

Moss on a Tree with Fall-colored Leaves It seems I've lived in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) just long enough to wonder if moss grows on trees like this everywhere, and I simply can't remember. I don't think so. I'll bet our 70 to 90 inches of rain per year have got something to do with it. (This photo looks especially nice if you click on it to enlarge it.) We have some beautiful colors now, including bright red, mostly on lower bushes. I'll do my best to get a photo before we have a wind that blows them all away. Have you noticed that the city gardeners (or whoever they are) seem to plant lots of bushes these days that turn screaming scarlet in the fall? Was that always true?

11 comments:

Don and Krise said...

I asked my wife about this and she says it's more of a type of lichen than just your normal moss. I suppose I could look it up in one of my garden books, then give you a more technical answer, but I think I'll just trust her. (See how smart I am?)
Beautiful woodsy shot. I do love the colors everywhere.

Vogon Poet said...

Funny 'composition', I trust the explanation of Don. Not much red at home in parks and gardens, but I can see a lot of scarlet here.

B SQUARED said...

That's a lot of rain and a lot of moss.

Jacob said...

I'm not sure but it looks very much like something we have here, too, but we call them air plants...

Don't know about "screaming scarlet" in the fall, although we have a lot of colorful winter flowers...

Have a great day!

Stine in Ontario said...

That is a LOT of rain. I've never seen moss like that on trees here in Ontario but I think The PNW has quite a bit more rain on average than we do.

haideé said...

No, no los hay en todos los lugares, tan sólo lugares no contaminados. Es un liquen no un musgo. Busca en Wikipedia, te informará sobre los LIQUENES.
Son muy bonitos. Gracias por mostrarlos.
Cordiales saludos desde Asturias, España, un lugar donde abundan el musgo y el liquen :)


No, they do not exist everywhere, not only contaminated sites. It is not a moss lichen. Search on Wikipedia, you will report on the lichens.
Very nice. Thanks for show.
Greetings from Asturias, Spain, a place abundant moss and lichen:)

cieldequimper said...

Lovely shot. We have moss on trees. And in churches. Everywhere where it rains a lot. It's the real moss though, I'm sure Mrs Olympia knows what she's talking about and it *does* look a bit like lichens. It's beautiful!

moorebloglife said...

Sheryl I don't think we have this in Calif too much but it looks interesting!

Gary said...

This tree decor is something I first noticed when we moved to Oregon 18 years ago. It was in February and it really stood out with the leaves headed south for the winter. Great pic.

Sueso said...

It's lichen and it's a parasite from what I remember of my PNW history in high school. When it hangs down, it's called "Goat's Beard" lichen. It can kill bushes & trees over time. But it's pretty!

Ming the Merciless said...

Those are lichens. I see A LOT of them up here too and like you said, it's the humidity that makes them thrive so well up here despite the cold weather.

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