Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Winter Green

The vegetation of Ardnamurchan's hills at this time of year is as dead a brown as one might expect to find on the African dry season savanna but, every now and then, its landscape is electrified a splash of almost neon green.

The brightness is provided by a moss, and it grows on the occasional outcrop of bare rock.  This particular one, not far from Glendrian, happened to catch a ray of warm, early morning sun, and it positively glowed.

The Diary, which has an almost total lack of formal biology - let alone botany - due to attendance at an educational establishment which considered it a girl's subject, tends to fall back on Google to try and find out what a species is, but gave up upon discovering that there appear to be some 800 moss species resident in Scotland.

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