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redshank (Ceratodon purpureus) capsules and calyptra, 270 stack, ~0.8x
 
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peristome teeth, 1x 80 stack
 

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something a bit different with dessicated rather than hydrated leaves, 117 stack, 2.9x IIRC
 

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and back to hydrated (I really should ID this species), 145 stack, 1x
 

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Kindbergia but the reference I need to check the species is complicated to access due to pandemic library closures, 42 stack, 1x
 

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third species of the day, 87 stack, 0.6x or so IIRC
 

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and an epiphytic fourth on an aerial log with a larger than usual top to bottom gradient since I did this one with just ambient light, 87 stack, probably also around 0.6x
 

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Lithophytic moss which spends much of its time underwater. Normally it's squished flat into depressions between rocks at this site but, even with way too many people violating pandemic closures, the reduction in foot traffic allowed quite a bit more vertical growth than usual. Since the closure was lifted a bit before water levels came back up with the onset of the rainy season I was able to get some images capturing what's probably the best growing season the colonies have had in a long time. 125 stack, 1x.
 

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Setae.

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So many setae.

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So. Many. Setae.

This sequence is from a fallow field which, as you can see, the ruderal (pioneering) mosses have got pretty happy about. 94, 38, and 26 stacks, respectively.
 

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great hairy screw-moss (Syntrichia ruralis), 2.4x 218 stack
 

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I suspect probably something in the Orthotrichaceae, 108 stack at 2.1x
 

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mostly Homalothecium, I think, with a bit of Dicranowesia, 45 stack
 

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bonfire moss (Funaria hygrometrica) setae, 41 stack ~0.8x
 

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When I had time I checked my Pojar & Mackinnon and they only list Racomitrium aciculare in this area, but I can't see much difference between it and the elongatum.
Try Bryophytes of the Pacific Northwest. If Pojar and Mackinnon don't list R. elongatum at all it might be worth also checking Niphotrichum elongatum. There is some debate over whether to split the genus.
 
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Nature is taking back the track of the former Brandenburgische Städtebahn railway line. Abandoned years ago, the rusting bolts and fixings for the rails are slowly being transformed into a new habitat for moss.
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I don't know anything about Moss but took this shot with a Raynox dcr150 on the Oly 40-150, so about 0.75x. No stacking!

I'm pleased how it turned out. You can see there is a tiny insect of some sort on the furthest left stem.

Can anyone recommend a good source to learn more about mosses, esp as found in the UK?
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dewdrops on Funaria, 3.5x 196 stack
 
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