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Schistidium crassipilum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 15 March 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: Belgian bryophyta

Schistidium crassipilum (Thickpoint Grimmia - Muurachterlichtmos) grows as rounded cushions or flat patches, usually looking hoary because of the hair points at the tips of the leaves. The immersed capsules are characteristic of Schistidium and distinguish the genus from other hoary mosses on walls.
Calcareous walls are the main habitat and this species can be found
in man-made habitats. Sometimes it grows on tarmac paths. More natural habitats include blocks of limestone and base-rich sandstone.

Schilde (Be) - 09/03/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/2 second F/20.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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khadi from New Delhi, India

I am really enjoying your moss series, especially because of the clarity of detail and sharpness of the images.

15 Mar 2010 6:31am

@khadi: Thank you very much, Khadi. In winter and early spring it is the ideal time here to view these mosses. Vegetation is not too high and they are lovely subjects for making macro's. I'm glad you enjoy them.

dang from Atlanta, United States

Hi Johan,
I'm enjoying these too, thanks for sharing!

15 Mar 2010 6:44am

@dang: Thank you very much, Dang. I'm still learning and trying. I've read parts of your blog.. really helpfull... thanks for sharing so many tips. Hope my pictures will still improve ...

Steffie from Netherlands

Nooit eerder bij stil gestaan dat er zoveel verschillende soorten mos bestaan en zulke mooie ook nog. Daar gaat toch weer een wereld voor me open.

15 Mar 2010 9:38am

@Steffie: Oh, dit maar een selectie van de ongeveer 750 mossoorten die in België en Nederland voorkomen (ja, zoveel !) Ik ben er zelf ingerold sinds januari, en ook voor mij is een fantastische wereld opengegaan. Hoe kleiner de mosjes, hoe wonderlijker de vormen (en hoe groter de uitdaging er deftige foto's van te maken). Volgende uitstappen loop jij met je ogen in de grond volgens mij :-)))). Bedankt voor je commentaar en maak er nog een leuke avond van.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Het lijken wel edelstenen zo in dit licht.......prachtig mos!

15 Mar 2010 10:03am

@Marleen: Sommige soorten zijn inderdaad wonderbaarlijk qua kleur en vormen... Ik ben nog volop op ontdekkingstocht in de mini-wereld. Bedankt alweer voor je bezoekje, Marleen.

Ralph from Overijssel, Netherlands

Grappig die kleine knopjes, mooie weer!

15 Mar 2010 3:05pm

@Ralph: De (Nederlandse) naam dekt de lading ... :-) Dank je, Ralph

Patricia from Brecht, Belgium

Zo klein en fragille en zoooo mooi (✿◠‿◠)❤

15 Mar 2010 4:07pm

@Patricia: Ze worden alsmaar kleiner he ;-) - maar wie het kleine niet eert ....

NB. Het Zoerselbos staat een van de weken op het programma - niet zozeer voor de paddenstoeljes, maar voor de mosjes ;-) Het is een van de oudste bossen uit de streek hier (lang geen onbekende voor me hoor) - vandaar dat er zoveel leuke vondsten te doen zijn die je elders niet kan vinden.
Nog een fijne avond gewenst.

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Your nature photography is up close and stunning. The color here, the details are just wonderful!

15 Mar 2010 5:44pm

@Self-Indulgence: Thank you very much for so many kind words. I really appreciate them.

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

very nice color palette

15 Mar 2010 6:16pm

@yiannis krikis: Thank you very much for your visit, Yiannis.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Wunderschön ! Super Serie dieser verschiedenen Moosarten ! Schöne Idee, Johan !

15 Mar 2010 9:40pm

@Loner: Danke Sehr, Sonja !

De letzten Wochen bin ich passioniert durch die Farben und Formen.

Last weeks i'm in the moss-business ;-) I'm passionate with the little structures and colours... I'm just learning to know them ...

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I like how you include the natural history with the description of your subjects. You must live in an area with great diversity.

16 Mar 2010 2:52am

@Julie Brown: Julie, I live about 10 km from Antwerp (Belgium) - so that is a sub-city area with a lot of air pollution etc. Lucky for me there are in the neighbourhoud a few "nature-reserves" left. In terms of biodiversity this is not a great area to live ... Much richer is the south of the country, but that is about a 2 hour drive and I can only afford this when I have a whole day off at work... Most of the images i posted so far are in my neighbourhoud. I try to see as much as possible here ... :-) and there is a lot more to see then I first thought - but you noticed that already :-) Thanks again for vititing and your comment.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


16 Mar 2010 3:01am

@Steve Rice: Thanks so much for your comment, Steve. Still enjoying your pictures every day too !

Canon EOS 400D
1/2 second
ISO 200
150 mm