Feather and Moss
Sunday 23rd September 2001, West Yorkshire
THIS FEATHERY-LEAVED moss, which looks like a miniature fern in close-up, has lots of rusty-coloured spore cases, each growing on the end of a hairlike stem. Each case is slightly
curved - like a stubby banana. Its cushions of bright green leaves have colonised a shady patch of bare soil in a back garden.
Nearby on the lawn lies a grey feather, probably from a Wood Pigeon. To judge by the curve on it, it's probably a secondary feather from the left wing. I've drawn the upper surface.
This day last year