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Saturday, January 30, 2010


Following Hermes' comment  . . .  the view below is of the East Facing side of the tree.

The tree is at the foot of a tall, steep bank in woodland so there can never be any sun from behind it (the West) and very little, and only for part of the day, from the East. I couldn't stand far enough back to give a full idea of how wide the roots spread (there were more trees and a river behind me) but by showing the whole frame from which I cropped the main picture it can be seen that Hermes is right in that there is noticeably less moss on the Eastern side  -  from which is likely to come the only direct sunlight in the day. In terms of sunlight - almost every other side of this tree faces North!


Hermes said...

Great. I was always told Moss grows on the north side of trees.

joey said...

I Love this photo, Lucy!

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Hermes.

In response to your comment, I've posted the whole frame from which this picture was cropped. From this, you will see that the tree has more 'north' sides than most and that you are right in saying moss doesn't like the sun.


Lucy Corrander said...

Thanks Joey.


Oz Girl said...

Well, it is certainly one cool photo and a strange looking tree. I love all the moss, such a bright spot of green. Esp since we are smack-dab in the middle of winter here!

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Oz Girl.

I confess I had to fiddle with this picture to get the tree to show up out of the gloom. It was in a wood. It was cold. There was no sun nearby. Yet it is a lovely and interesting tree. How wonderful it is that digital cameras are able to take in so much detail under such conditions. You just have to coax them into releasing it.

Not that the colours are wrong. They are simply what they would have been should a ray of light have condescended to fall on that spot.

As for the moss - moss and lichens are very damp responsive. (At least, the ones I come across are.) They brighten when it is wet. Fortunately, the ground was all but frozen when I took this picture or I would have been floundering around in mud but it is fundamentally a damp environment.


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