Sunday, March 1, 2009


Was this blowover still alive when it fell?
Was there a particular combination of wind and saturated soil?

I'm beginning to see mosses everywhere. And why not--there are about twelve thousand species! I have four species to my right in little bowls with plastic wrap. An indoor moss garden may come of all this.

Another book is on its way, one that will hopefully aid with moss identification. Gathering Moss was a great start, delving into details of reproduction and growth habits and implanting a spiritual sense that lingers.

My growing library is somewhat divided: pure identification that gets right to the matter versus details of individual species habits, companions, parasites, medicinal and historical use. Gathering Moss is a different sort of book, leading more on a path of fostering love and appreciation for our natural world. Entertaining, educational, and inspiring, a balanced work.

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
~Henry Ward Beecher

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