At yesterday’s Iowa Prairie Network winter meeting one of the speakers recounted how, during a BioBlitz, one of the team leaders started showing and naming a number of mosses, liverworts, and lichens. She said it became such an emotional experience that she started weeping.
I have not been brought to tears by the experience, but I have found great satisfaction through photographing a number of mosses. I do understand the feeling. One can be overwhelmed by looking at the magnificant in nature, but you can find the magnificant in the very small creatures as well.
I took this photograph of a moss in the “North Shore” area of Minnesota. I don’t know the name of the moss, but I found it quite charming.