Recently I spent 5 days backpacking the Santa Cruz trail. It’s a well known trail, but doing it independently made for a good adventure. I have lots of pictures of mountain peaks and dramatic valleys, but they have probably been better photographed elsewhere. What really caught my eye were the little things.
Moss and lichen has always been interesting to me; I used to teach a unit on it at Sandy River Outdoor School. I was surprised to find a lot of the same growth forms thousands of miles away in Peru. Lichens and bromalids also stood out to Linzay when she was hiking in alpine New Zealand. Maybe it’s because our home in the Pacific Northwest is one of the most bio diverse in the world for these micro plants. Here’s a gallery that’s half biology class and half Doctor Seuss.