Close to the Ground


 One thing about an interest in nature is that, no matter how long you live, if you keep your eyes open, you will continually see new things–or at least unnamed things.

If there are any bryologists out there (and of course you know that means “those who study mosses”) I’d be much appreciative to know the proper name (scientific and common) of this little beauty found at Mt. Rogers last week, which until further eluciation, I will call Shining Star Moss.

Want to know more about mosses and also discover a new way to search? Check out this Powerset view of Wikipedia’s spread on mosses, and stay tuned for much more from this semantic search engine!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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