Sometimes every little detail seems so important. The shape of the leaflet on this Plagiochila versus the leaflet on that Plagiochila. The dark color of one species versus the paleness of another. The more subtle the differences you are willing to look for, the more interesting things there are to see. If you are fascinated with bryophytes, you could just plop yourself down and slowly move your way through the rocks, trunks, branches, fallen branches, leaves of other plants, twigs […]
These three photos were taken in situ in Panama. The moss Octoblepharum was found growing nicely on the thin aerial roots of a tree. You can also see a few other bryophytes like a Plagiochila species. This would be a great way to grow this species in a terrarium. Accentuating the ethereal star-like qualities of this moss.
So here was the dilemma. While in the Cordillera del Condor, we decided to go hiking one night to look for treefrogs and glassfrogs. We had one good flashlight, one decent headlamp, and one headlamp whose only usefulness was to find the other two real lights in a dark backpack. The group consisted of an eager treefrog enthusiast with really good eyes for spotting things, an amazing local guide that seemed to be able to spot even the tiniest things, […]
For the last week or so the rain has been constant and at times very heavy. Today during a short break in the rain I sat on my front steps, just staring at all of the wet leaves and the mass that forms the jungle in the front of my house. Not a beautiful garden of tropical plants, but a mass of herbage that for the last few years, have been left on their own to survive. Above me an […]