London Mosses

December 2015 was mild and wet in Stoke Newington, London, and many mosses, liverworts and lichens flourished. I used my macro lens to capture some of them.

I have a special fondness for mosses. When I was 6 my mother moved to London. We lived at 32 Queensborogh Terrace, Bayswater, in a converted townhouse. I slept in a little unheated room at the rear of the first floor past the kitchen that used to be the pantry or cold storage. It was cold and damp there. It had a little rain gutter outside a small window that was filled with moss of various types. I loved my little garden. I imagined fairies using the sporophyte’s stalk (seta) and the light in the red capsule (operculum).

They are complex little organisms. It takes about a quarter to half a year for the sporophyte to mature from the gamophyte. The sporophyte is made up of a long stalk, called a seta, and capped by a cap called the operculum (

4 thoughts on “London Mosses

  1. Elusive Trope 2016-01-23 / 11:08 pm

    When I lived in the Pacific Northwest and people were taken aback by my embracing of the wet weather and damp landscape, I would just tell them “I come from a line of the moss people.”

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  2. Lee Gaywood 2016-01-22 / 7:07 pm

    As a child, I too, made fairy gardens with the mosses and lichen under the bushes in the Australian bush.
    And if I sat very still, little birds would visit my fairy gardens at my feet.
    Love the Blue Lichen.

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    • Sherry Lynn Felix 2016-01-23 / 6:35 am

      That is charming. When I was in Wales as a girl the forest had a moss carpet with fungi called fairy rings. You know what those were for 🙂


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