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Aulacomnium androgynum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 12 March 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: Belgian bryophyta

Today a very different moss. Aulacomnium androgynum (Aulacomnium moss - "Drumsticks" - Gewoon knopjesmos)
forms small, pale, dull green tufts. Many shoots terminate in an
elongated stalk with a ball of gemmae at the top - the 'drumsticks". These gemmae are a form of asexual reproduction.
The moss can be found on dead wood or on the foot of treetrunks. Individual plants are about 10 mm tall ...

The gemmae on long stalks, coupled with its predilection for growing on wood distinguish this plant from all other mosses.

Image: Schilde (Be) - 11/03/2010

Canon EOS 400D 13/10 second F/14.0 ISO 200 210 mm

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Hilde Morin from Portland, Oregon, United States

amazing mini world!! beautiful and sharp greens!

12 Mar 2010 6:11am

@Hilde Morin: Thank you very much for your visit and kind comment, Hilde. I really like the mini-world - always something new I never saw before...

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Echt supermooi Johan, het standpunt is geweldig. {rachtige details en kleuren .

12 Mar 2010 7:46am

@Photome: Dank je ! Niet makkelijke om nabij een vermolmde boomstronk te fotograferen. Ik had net geluk met een streepje extra licht dat wel het mos, maar niet de achtergrond belichtte...

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

thank you for showing us how beautiful artist is Nature... :-)

12 Mar 2010 8:29am

@KriKridesign: It surely is - for one who is willing to see - I hope it will be all there still for a long time ... Some specimens getting really scarce :-(

Annie Viguié from Bordeaux, France

A very very beautiful light...

12 Mar 2010 8:38am

@Annie Viguié: Thanks, Annie. I was lucky with a bit extra light shining on the moss and not on the background... Sometimes a photographer needs that little extra luck...

Ralph from Overijssel, Netherlands

Mooi belicht en mooie kleuren!

12 Mar 2010 8:45am

@Ralph: Dank je voor je appreciatie, Ralph.

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Fantastische foto met prachtig licht, perfecte scherpte en bokeh

12 Mar 2010 9:19am

@Willem: Bedankt, Willem. Leuk dat je deze foto zo kan appreciëren.

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow... fantastische macro Johan ! Zeker 5***** waard ! Prettige dag :)

12 Mar 2010 9:40am

@Tamara: Dank je, Tamara ! Ik wens je ook een fijne avond toe en tot een volgend bezoekje.

Sriraam Kalingarayar from Chennai, India

beautiful macro

12 Mar 2010 3:43pm

@Sriraam Kalingarayar: Thank you very much, Sriraam.

Don from spokane, United States

A beautiful close up with the minute detail and rich color I like. Fine background too. Very effective image.

12 Mar 2010 4:01pm

@Don: I'm really glad you like it, Don. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Bijzonder fraaie aanblik al deze trommelstokjes- prachtig belicht ook!

12 Mar 2010 4:19pm

@Marleen: De Engelse naam is een stuk origineler dan de Nederlandse he ? Dank je voor je bezoekje alweer (ook op Wordpress) en je lovende woorden.

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

I love this moss macro- it's great

12 Mar 2010 4:39pm

@ripple: Thank you very much for your visit and comment.

Frederike from Rostock, Germany

I looked at the pictures from the last time.. and wow.. beautiful like everytime.. at all :)
I needed new inspiration and I guess the next time I won't post every day.. but we'll see..
And this is so wonderful.. like little hands or sensors, enjoying the light..

12 Mar 2010 5:55pm

@Frederike: Thank you, Frederike. Nice to see you back... Hope you can find new inspiration soon - I really like your pictures very much... Looking forward to see "where you went ..."... Greetz !

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Prachtige compositie Johan. Geweldig mooie kleur groen and perfecte details!

12 Mar 2010 6:53pm

@Richard: Dank je, Richard. Het groen is gewoon de natuur die zijn werk doet he ... en ik verzamel nu eenmaal soorten groen op foto :-))

Patricia from Brecht, Belgium

Weer zo'n pracht comp...
5* geef ik je weer
ps: het maanmeisje en niet het sterrenmeisje LOL (✿◠‿◠)❤

12 Mar 2010 7:00pm

@Patricia: volgens mij komt het maanmeisje van Venus ... of zoiets LOL.
Bedankt alweer voor je appreciatie en ik ben nog steeds blij met je bezoekjes ...
Maak er een fijn weekend van !

Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

Beautiful macro and excellent dof.

12 Mar 2010 7:04pm

@Michael: Thank you so moch, Michael. I like experimenting with DOF.. makes macro so wonderfull ... I'm glad you like it.

Barbara from Florida, United States

Stunning shades of green among the textures of this plant. I like the selective focus and appreciate your narrative about this moss.

13 Mar 2010 1:19am

@Barbara: Barbara,
thank you so much for your vitis to my pages and comments on so many images in my portfolio (I'm only replying the most recent picture but I surely read and appreciate them all). I'm really glad you like my pictures this much and I'm honored with your kind comments. I'm fascinated by nature and just try with my pictures to show this to one who is willing to see ...
Always welcome !
Have a nice weekend !

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I love these macros, Johan-keep them coming!

13 Mar 2010 1:43am

@Julie Brown: I won't stop making macro's, Julie - it's my favorite way of showing the world all those wonderfull mini-structures of nature.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is such a beautiful image of these plants. The tufts are so interesting. Thanks for sharing this.

13 Mar 2010 4:07am

@Steve Rice: Thank you for your comment, Steve. The tufts are a bit hard to find because they are so little - but once you found them they are incredibble in forms. Always welcome.
Have a nice weekend !

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Wat een grappig mosje met al die balletjes! Mooie compo en belichting.

13 Mar 2010 2:49pm

@Monique: Het is zeker uniek in zijn soort. Dank voor je complimenten, Monique.

Canon EOS 400D
13/10 second
ISO 200
210 mm