This little blackbird was hopping around the garden, eating all the tasty apples. We nicknamed him "Schwarzi", which could be translated to "little black one".
I found those two on a rotting tree. I'm not sure what they were fighting about, but it looked absolutely fascinating in the light of the setting sun. Their tiny bodies started to glow as the sun did shine on them.
I found those eye-like structures at the beginning of the year in a nearby forest, on a couple of different spots. My guess is that a bird caught a frog or it's eggs and dropped some of them while it was flying. I love how this looks like a couple of tiny eyes! Both haunting and fascinating.
This type of moss is called Sphagnum moss - it's what most of the peat part of moors is made of.
Due their special structure they can soak up to 30x their bodyweight in water. Moors are basically big sponges of dead Sphagnum moss that soak up the rain.
As such a moor get's older and more moss dies, it grows higher and higher in the air - new moss grows on top of the old dead plant layers.
The little moss plants are also the reason why moors are acidic and low in nutrients, as they evolve hydrogen ions in their surroundings. Only a few, specialized species can life in such a moor. Such as the beautiful morning dew.
I'm gonna leave you with a picture of a beautiful moor I visited with my family.
This one is "naturalized" and is still on ground water level. Moors got pretty rare in Europe, because people used the peat they consist of. At this place only a small part of the former moor did remain. Conservationists made an effort to create a reservation that tries to come as close to how the moor was before the impact of humans.
Moors are a mystical place. Do you know any good fairy tales or stories that play in moors?
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Sources for this article: The book "Farne, Moose & Flechten" by Maibach/Kainz
(can recommend buying it if you're looking for a good German book to identify moss, lichen and fern)
I also once interviewed moss explorer Annette, whose favorite moss is the colorful Sphagnum moss!
Also, while I love moss, I'm not an expert, so feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!