Chestnut on a Bed of Moss (with desktop-background bonus)
Chestnut -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 55mm — 1/80 sec, f/4, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Chestnut

We took a nice drive this afternoon on the Hiei Parkway in the mountains to the north-east of Kyoto, to see the foliage. We hoped that up in the mountains it would have progressed a bit more than it has so far in the city, but it turns out to still be pretty much at the beginning.

At one point we paused at a moss-covered clearing that was somewhat littered with chestnuts. At least I thought it was moss at the time, but looking at the picture makes me think that they were super tiny little ferns. Maybe that's what moss is?

There was also a set of steps and a path, leading to Lord knows where.....

Destination Unknown Desktop Backgrounds Standard: 1024 × 768   ·   1440 × 1080   ·   1600 × 1200      Widescreen:   1280 × 800   ·   1680 × 1050   ·   1920 × 1200   ·   2560 × 1600 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 30mm — 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
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All 5 comments so far, oldest first...

Nope, mosses are mosses and ferns are ferns! At least some of this is mosses, but some may be leafy liverworts. Plenty of ferns in the second photograph.

Those mysteriously inviting steps may become my new desktop – it’s a lovely, mesmerizing, enticing photograph — and my natural habitat!

“Leafy Liverwords?” I’ll stick with calling them “moss” 😀

I went ahead and added desktop-background sizes (both standard and widescreen) for your downloading pleasure. —Jeffrey

— comment by Peter on November 6th, 2007 at 11:34pm JST (10 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Now that’s what I call service! Many thanks.

— comment by Peter on November 7th, 2007 at 12:24am JST (10 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Jeff, he said “Liverworts”, “not Liverwords.” Oh, I see, yes, “wort” makes it sound sooo much less unappealing —Jeffy (“Wort” means “plant” and usually follows a descriptive word…”Lungwort”, “Spiderwort” etc. ) (Is that right, Peter?) I remember how all you kids hated liver of any kind and fooled me into thinking you ate what was served by dropping it into your milk when I wasn’t looking. I learned this many, many years later… Peter and I seem to like the same things. I too liked the shot of the steps…reminded me of those I built down b y the creek years ago.

— comment by Grandma Friedl on November 7th, 2007 at 7:13am JST (10 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Grandma Friedl’s absolutely right, of course.

‘Wort’ seems to imply a medicinal use, as in the “doctrine of signatures”, whereby a plant that was thought to resemble a diseased bodily organ was considered a cure for its ills – lungwort, liverwort (some sorts of liverwort are big flat things, not at all like mosses) and, presumably, spleenwort and stitchwort. Funny, we seem almost to have come back to the Moss Gardening book ;o)

I presume “you kids” didn’t drink your milk, either!

— comment by Peter on November 7th, 2007 at 6:35pm JST (10 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

this is a powerful lens , but in the first pic ,it seems have a poor performs when the view is out of the focus ,may be beacause of the ISO 8oo.

big ISO cause CCD noise, especially when ISO is larger then 800.

To let the photo more like a Painting, i think you should turn down the ISO

— comment by fish on November 11th, 2007 at 1:35pm JST (10 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink
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