I was asked today, "Who is the most important person I ever met?" I answered: "That mountain."
Paying attention to life here at all scales, I obviously can see these big mountians but it is the little moss that grows on them that fascinates too.
Mosses, to be sure, are scientifically impressive beyond measure — the amphibians of vegetation, they were among the first plants to emerge from the ocean and conquer the land.But beyond their scientific notoriety, mosses possess a kind of lyrical splendor that Fair Isle unravels with enchanting elegance — splendor that has to do with what these tiny organisms teach us about the art of seeing.
|Mosses number some 22,000 species and they inhabit nearly every ecosystem on earth and grow in places as diverse as the branch of an oak and the back of a beetle.|