But what would a walk through the forest be without rich green mosses covering the ground, rotten logs, live trees and rocks? In the Pacific Northwest, mosses help to define the forest setting, and bring a lovely softness to these shady areas throughout the year.
Personally, I like to encourage moss growth on the rocks lining the ponds and the landscaping around my house.
Not long ago I realized that I didn’t know the name of a single species of moss. That wouldn’t be so bad if I lived in a desert, but I have spent most of my life in one of the richest moss growing areas of the country. So I decided to do several post focusing on mosses.
Why write about something I know nothing about. One reason is because I seem to learn a great while going through the process of writing a blog, and second, I only need to take a short walk in my back yard to discover dozens of varieties of moss.
My goal here is to find and photograph the moss species I come across, and hopefully identify a few of them. I have decided to divide the posts according to the substrates the mosses are growing on.
This first post features the mosses that I found on the roof of the shed in my back yard.