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Different greens

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Here are some different shades of green I saw in Great Hills Park on February 23. The first picture is a close-up of mosses on a horizontal tree branch.

Moss on Tree Branch 5975

In the second picture, notice how the rattan vines, Berchemia scandens, held the upper part of a broken tree in place and kept it from falling over.

Rattan Vines on Dead Tree 5958

In the third image, look at all those maidenhair ferns, Adiantum capillus-veneris, made happy by the rain.

Maidenhair Ferns on Creek Wall 5934

And finally here are some branches of an Ashe juniper, Juniperus ashei, with pale green lichen on them.

Lichens on Broken Branches 5970

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 12, 2016 at 5:03 AM

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  1. Nice work, Steven. Green is the first color I notice in Spring and Fall. Only nature can present green is so many variations.


    March 12, 2016 at 5:49 AM

    • Thanks, Dan. I guess we can thank chlorophyll for all those shades of green in the botanical world.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 12, 2016 at 6:38 AM

  2. I was looking at some old rattan last weekend at Armand Bayou, pondering why I’ve never seen it green and growing. I need go back to where I saw those old vines and take a better look. As for that maidenhair fern: well, it just makes me homesick for the springs at the old place in Kerrville. In the heat of summer, and even in drought, the springs always ran, and the ferns were lush along its edges.

    Now I’ll probably be hearing “Green, Green” for a while.


    March 12, 2016 at 6:41 AM

    • It is strange that you’ve never seen any rattan that’s still green. Both the green and the tan of rattan are dull shades, and the anthropomorphic thought came to mind that maybe the vine is too busy strangling things to put much energy into color. More realistically, rattan is a noticeably woody vine, and wood doesn’t usually exhibit bright colors. (Unfortunately the punster in me just thought that one color of rattan could be described as rat tan.) In the world of the arts, green reminds me of García Lorca’s poem that begins “Verde que te quiero verde.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 12, 2016 at 7:00 AM

  3. Still brown here. It won’t be long before we see red though. Not in anger but in maple buds.

    Steve Gingold

    March 12, 2016 at 4:15 PM

  4. I’m smiling … more lichen. I popped some up on my blog for you today too 🙂 Those rattan vines have done a sterling job of keeping that tree up. Top shots Steve


    March 13, 2016 at 5:26 PM

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