St Paddy’s Day has come & gone, and still not much is wearing green in Upstate.

But this clump of moss was like a vibrant little island in the woods.

I took a picture of it with my cellphone, to look at daily, because it’s the greenest thing I’ve seen for months.

You may spot a few white pellets — the snow was pelting down in angular, misshapen granules.

I was once in a kind of sketchy pub, and the bartender told us, “No ice, it’s gone off.”

We stuck with bottled beer that night, and didn’t use the glasses.

I’d never heard of ice going bad before.  But then, moving into a new apartment, we found the ice cubes in the freezer were shrunken in their little tray compartments, no longer cubes in fact, and seemed to have picked up a metallic odor.  I guess there was that incident with the Titanic, too, now I think about it, under the heading “Bad Ice.

Even the weather is tired of ice and snow by now.  The precipitation has become unimaginative.  Old Man Winter is  spring cleaning, shoveling out whatever icy trash is left in the clouds,  just grayish-white grit, can’t be bothered with delicate snowflakes, too tired to dream up new crystalline shapes.

And so a homely clump of moss receives its due, and becomes our hero for the day, a real luminary in the woods.





Finger Lakes, Nature, NY, Upstate New York

Pictures of Upstate New York. April. Moss, the Only Green for Miles.


49 thoughts on “Pictures of Upstate New York. April. Moss, the Only Green for Miles.

  1. Jan Theobald says:

    Love the leaf man! Green moss is just there to tantalize you into believing that spring is coming. This is a beautiful post. Gives me vivid images of old man cloud cleaning out his trash:)

  2. Oh, these photos are just….I don’t know what to say. Please just apply as many superlatives as you can think of. The first has so much going for it – the perfectly rendered growth patterns of the moss, the fact that the little acorn’s cap is just off, but close by, the leaves’ different colors and angles – wow. And the black and white is a beautiful abstract that shows all the moss’ movement and liveliness. I’m jealous! (I see the tiny white pellets and feel fro you….but wow, done with your cell phone, that’s great!). Your description of the weather is brilliant, and the last sentence sums it all up so well. What a gift for writing you have, and for photography. 🙂 Come on, Spring!

  3. Moss is a sign that even Mother Nature likes a fur coat. She really likes it out here, this time of year it’s a duel between the moss and the grass for control of the lawn.
    It sounds like much of the east and midwest are cursing the groundhog this year, I don’t envy you. But when Spring finally does arrive it’ll be all the sweeter.

  4. Moss needs moisture so hopefully the rain is plenty coming your way.
    We are having one of the hottest autumns on record nudging 30C for days on end. Nature is fooled in thinking it is still summer, Huge second crops of broccoli are hitting the markets.
    I am talking Australia of course, an abnormal climate and some flat earth believing people say it is normal.
    Great photos, Robert. Thank you.

    • Thank you Mr. O, I’m always glad to hear from you. I think we’ll be ok for moisture around here, we’re expecting a rainy week. Today should a great, 17C and sun, yea! Then back to freezing rain on Sunday
      Monday is “Patriots’ Day” a local commemoration of Lexington and Concord, and the beginning of chasing away the “Redcoats”. It’s a big affair and they also have a huge marathon, but it may be a swim meet this year, if it rains as much as they’re warning. I like broccoli, it’ll be a while before we have any fresh around here, but looking forward to asparagus season too.
      Despite a cold April, overall, the warming pattern for New England, like your region, over the past century is very clear and indisputable.

  5. What beautiful photos. There is a real sense of movement; both remind me of seaweed moving back and forth in ocean currents. I do love the green. I keep trying to develop a real fondness for black and white, but even though I appreciate those images, the color is what tugs at my eyes and hearts.

    The little acorn man made me laugh. He also reminded me of the Harvard Lampoon building in Cambridge. I knew I’d find a place to share that dude at some point. I just didn’t know it would be in conjunction with a field of algae!

    • Oh that Lampoon building is great! I’ll make a point of finding it – I’ve been over to visit two museums, but the campus is over 5,000 acres I guess, I assume that includes the Arboretum, and I haven’t gotten around to see much of it. But that little acorn building is worth hunting down!

  6. Brilliant photos, Robert (btw, do you go by ‘Rob’ at all? All this typing with the three extra letters..)… as for the ‘bad ice’… er…

    • Glad you like the photos, thanks! We’re still having freezing weather, they had to cancel some of the activities yesterday (“Patriot Day” in Massachusetts, to celebrate chasing the Redcoats away) Yes, Rob or Robbie, but never Bob! 🙂

      • Don’t worry, I reserve ‘Bob’ for robins (the British variety). 🙂 Sorry it’s still so cold there. Here it’s up and down like a yo-yo which is as usual…

  7. Oh, man, I know what you mean. I can’t believe how long this dull grey with ugly grey pellets coming from the sky is lasting. This morning, though, the yard has a faint greenness to it. It stopped me in my tracks to see it. Still no sign of life in the trees though. These photos really are arresting. I really like them.

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