Saturday, February 21, 2009

Moss in Snow

The Chinese use the term moss in snow to describe a grade of Jadeite that is mixed white and green coloration. Come spring, this hummock will be surrounded by water. For now, it looks like the captured warmth of lengthening sunrays provided for a bit of local melting.

A few books came in today. Among them is Gathering Moss, A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer. The pen and ink line drawings were in part created by her father, Robert L. Wall, with the remainder by Howard Crum from his Mosses of the Great Lakes Forest. I'm hoping to pick up some identification tips and I suspect I am in for a whole lot more than that.

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