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Ceratodon purpureus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 19 March 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: Belgian bryophyta

Ceratodon purpureus is one of the commonest and most cosmopolitan mosses, occurring on a wide variety of acidic, well-drained substrates, particularly peaty or sandy soil. It is frequent in heathland, the habitat where I took this picture today. This very variable species forms cushions or patches which vary in colour from yellow to mid-green through red to purplish-brown, with shoots to 3 cm. Capsules are common, red-brown, inclined, swollen at their base and strongly furrowed when dry. The setae are distinctively purple-red.
Because this species is so common and good determination pictures are widespread, I tried to make a more "artistic" image.

Kalmthout (Be) - 18/03/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/320 second F/3.5 ISO 200 150 mm

© Johan Dierckx

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GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Terrific work. The colors are so rich.

19 Mar 2010 5:09am

@GJC: Thank you very much, GJC. Nice to see you again here. The colours are natural just natural : the spring-sunlight shining through other mossplants in backlight ...

dang from Atlanta, United States

I love this. It's sharp where required, and the shallow dof adds fantasy. I'm expecting a magical ferry to pop it's head into the frame. It's a stunning macro in every way. Thanks for the peep into never, never land.

19 Mar 2010 6:32am

@dang: I highly appreciate your macro-expert oppinion.
It is indeed a fairytale-world. Trying to find these mosses for the last 2 1/2 month now... their forms, colours etc are way above expectation... For me also a new world has opened ... and i still like it :-)
Have a nice weekend !

Florence from Paris, France

Eyecatching macro for sure... a lovely little sun. :-)
Excellent work on focus, great details and lovely DOF.

19 Mar 2010 7:33am

@Florence: Thank you very much, Florence. I'm really glad you like this picture this much.

Ralph from Overijssel, Netherlands

Mooi zeg die kleuren en die waas!

19 Mar 2010 8:15am

@Ralph: De kleurtjes zijn puur natuur, Ralph. Ze zijn het resultaat van het prille lentezonnetje dat langs de achterzijde doorheen de bontgekleurde mosstengeltjes schijnt. De waas is dan weer een heleboel stengeltjes die aan de voor en achterzijde van het beeld uit het scherpteveld staan.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Ben helemaal fan van deze 'artistieke' weergave...:-)
Prachtige DOF en daardoor dit mooie diffuse beeld...!
Ik zie ook opeens 5 *****...;-)

19 Mar 2010 10:02am

@Marleen: Is dit dan toch sterrenmos ??? Moet mijn determinatiegids gaan verbeteren dan :p
Bedankt voor je lovende woorden en ik ben heel blij dat dit beeld zulk een "fan" gevonden heeft.
Maak er een fijn weekend van, Marleen.

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Wow!! Awesome macro shot. Love the DOF and bokeh. Perfection!! 5 stars!

19 Mar 2010 2:54pm

@Dawn: Thank you very much for your appreciation !

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

Artistic - well done on every level

19 Mar 2010 3:04pm

@Garfield: Thanks for your visit and your kind comment.

Patricia from Brecht, Belgium

Wow dit zijn men kleuren, zo mooi en heel rustgevend
weer 5 sterretjes
Heel fijn weekend (✿◠‿◠)❤

19 Mar 2010 4:48pm

@Patricia: Mocht je komende weken tijd hebben eens langs de Kalmthoutse hei te lopen met je fototoestel ... de kleuren zijn wonderlijk mooi momenteel ;-) Deze foto is op 500 m van het bezoekerscentrum ;)
Maak er een fijn weekend van !

Steffie from Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands

Wow, wat een prachtige foto Helemaal perfect.

19 Mar 2010 6:40pm

@Steffie: Steffie, bedankt weer voor je lovende woorden. Ook bedankt voor je reacties op mijn andere blog. (Daar heb ik nog niet zo gevonden hoe ik er op kan reageren, dus doe ik het maar via deze weg).

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Prachtige compositie.

19 Mar 2010 7:47pm

@Photome: Dank je :-) Zoals de laatste weken wel vaker: weer met mijn neus tussen de mosjes - ditmaal genietend van het uitstekende lentezonnetje en de eerste warmte. Dit toefje was een pak kleiner dan de omringende, maar daarom misschien ook net een stuk fotogenieker :-)
Maak er een fijn weekend van !

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

The sun symphony, right? Fragile but massive colour - Fabulous tones, it´s my most favourite picture today for sure!
Regarding your suggestion with the square cropping - I tried but didn´t favour it - much to much weight in the center and the spider comes out heavy and "evil", that´s not what I intended ;]

19 Mar 2010 11:47pm

@daniela scharnowski: Thanks again for your compliments, Daniela.
About cropping - I usually don't make crops on images myself - try to get it right when I release the shutter.
Think you are right about the centerweight etc... Sometimes its a choice we have to make. But it is always nice to keep all options open :-)
I visited your other site this afternoon: impressive work ! can recommend it to everyone ! I surely will visit this again more close the comming weeks :-)

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Hello, Johan! Again such a dream of a photo. I am surprised over and over again, like you bring these lights - these bright rays in your pictures.

20 Mar 2010 12:34am

@Loner: Thank you so much, Sonja.
Sometimes one has to wait till the light fits, sometimes it is just there ...
Light was the first to appear in "Genesis" - I think its the most beautifull thing ever given to us ... (oeps - getting filosophical :-) )

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Johan, I think you achieved your goal here. The lighting and color is wonderful, and I love your soft-focus vignetter with just a few of the needle-like structures in focus.

20 Mar 2010 12:36am

@Julie Brown: Thank you, Julie. The soft-vocus vignetting is the result of the natural setting. I never used a filter - not a real one, not a digital on my images. Just try to get the maximum out of the natural. I'm really satisfied with this picture myself.

☾éline from New York City, United States

Very nice ! The tones are lovely !

20 Mar 2010 2:31am

@☾éline: Thank you very much for your visit and your kind comment, Céline.

Luc from Montréal, Canada

J'aime beaucoup.

Merci pour le partage,


21 Mar 2010 2:10am

@Luc: Merci beaucoup, Luc !

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

A gorgeous macro!

21 Mar 2010 7:59am

@Skyriani: Thank you for your visit and comment on several of my pictures. I'm glad you like them and hope to see you again soon.

melodia from ffm, Germany

i love this one, has such a smooth feeling in it...

21 Mar 2010 9:32pm

@melodia: The mini-world has so many secrets ....
Thanks for your visit and kind comment.

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Like little serpents raising their heads to the sky!

21 Mar 2010 11:07pm

@Self-Indulgence: Being so close I was very lucky they did not bite me :-))))
Thanks for commenting again.

Canon EOS 400D
1/320 second
ISO 200
150 mm