Red Gold

I do like a bit of moss, and I especially like it when it carpets the ground in swathes of glowing red gold. These were taken at Frensham Common, where there was a serious fire a couple of years back. It left a large section of the common devastated, and the first things to colonise the burnt heathland are the mosses. Two and a half years later, and there is regrowth of heather, gorse and birch, but the mosses still dominate and yesterday the heath was glowing gold in the sunshine. It looks similar to the Polytrichum piliferum that I photographed here, but I’ll check the ID and update this at a later date – I’m tired now and want to go to bed! 😀  Aren’t these a sight to lift your spirits, though…

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