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A blanket of green moss soothes the brain































These familiar walls on the lane border my regular walks. They are old walls, built by hard labour when fields were cleared for tillage or grazing and in this area small bogs were reclaimed and drained. In places the stones are blanketed in generations of moss and creeping greenery which thrive in the exposed damp winter.

When there is little else to feast the eyes on, these mosses and grasses are layers of greens on other greens and feed the insatiable need for comfort and beauty. The nooks and crannies created by the neat stone drains are ideal for frogs and newts. These walls support a whole world of life and growth that has taken so many years.......

This week the headier issues of work and problem solving befuddled my poor brain. Thanks to the soothing beds of moss I perched on a customary old softish spot and chatted to a couple of bullocks.  I already have hundreds of photos of mosses and green stuff......but these stones are photogenic specimens, not to be ignored on any given day. No, these shots just seeped into my camera unbeknownst to me!

Green is the perfect antidote to brain weariness, and harmony is restored in the old and the very familiar fabric of the landscape.......





31 comments:

  1. Now, that was just what I needed! :-) Thanks!

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  2. It's a very nice blanket of green moss! We have snow!!!
    ♥Crissi♥

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  3. I really like this. It's too hot here for something like this, but if I could I'd have moss everywhere. Beautiful shots!

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  4. Lubię, na przykład w lesie oglądać miejsce porośnięte mchem. Bardzo ładne i ciekawe zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam.*** Like, for example, in the woods watching the place covered with moss. Very nice and interesting pictures. Yours.

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  5. the moss on soothes my soul- bblissful. On the old stone walls a long my mother's country lanes are filled with moss and newly sprouting shoots...I love the greenery!
    Devon is so damp that retains the moisture for the moss to thrive ;0)
    Thank you for the lovely award- im very behind on responding to rewards, but very much appreciated. You have such a delightful blog and your photography deserves big awards!
    x

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  6. My mami loves flowers, of course after Daddy and me
    I'm a Pussycat that was adopted and was lucky to have a mother who gives me lots of love and that gave me name Kika
    How I love having friends come invites you to be my friend, there you will find other friends who already know, they are also my friends.
    I loved your blog
    I would like to have on my draw and as friends or (the)
    I am waiting for your photos and visits
    Turrinhas miaumiau fond

    Kika ♥ ♥ ♥

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  7. Thank you for sharing the ancient and tiny world growing there on your rocks!

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  8. Beautifully soothing green...the colour of the heart chakra and healing. One advantage of all our rainfall is the creation of these gorgeous mosses.

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  9. You always seem to find the most magical of places on your travels and walks, C. I envy you having such spots to sit and contemplate.

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  10. Your photos look like fairy grottos - beautifully calming.

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  11. Dear Caitriona, I love how your posts, both photos and words, resonate so much with me, you're a woman after my own heart :) The gorgeous greens in our Irish countryside really are so harmonising, I too find myself fascinated with them. And I often think that the juxtaposition of the blue sky over the green landscape is possibly the most harmonious combination of colours possible, it's just so relaxing and peaceful, almost like an aura soma bottle. I miss it so much living in the city and it's wonderful to find it here on your blog :)

    The glittering mosses you've captured here are beautiful, I can see why you'd be so attracted to take photos of them. For some reason these photos remind me of the great stone circle at Lough Gur, perhaps it's just the sight of the cool grey colours surrounded by rich green. They remind me of all that I love in the countryside.

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  12. What stunning photographs! Green is so preferable to the gray/white of old street snow here in Canada. Thx for posting!

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  13. I just came across your blog while searching for another. Great posting today. I have been out in the woods and on the rock cliffs north of the gardens here on Lake MIchigan taking photos of moss. Love the stuff. Will be posting photos in the future. I now have hundreds of pictures so I need to choose only a few to put on the blog - that is hard. Moss is so very interesting. I will be following your blog. Liked what I saw. jack

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  14. I love moss and continue to watch it grow on my trees and especially 1 tree stump. These are such beautiful stones with history that mean even more...

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  15. Beautiful photos, as ever :-)
    Loved the serene feeling, thanks for sharing.
    Take care.

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  16. there is something about the velvety green of mosses , they seem to glow .
    I'm sure some little furry creature has made a cozy home of that little cave in the third picture. Perhaps Mrs. TittleMouse, who is such a tidy housekeeper.

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  17. I have just found your blog and your pictures are amazing! Thanks for sharing them.
    Sarah

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  18. The lush greens are the perfect antidote to the bare trees at this time of year x

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  19. How right you are about the soothing qualities of moss and ancient stones, I really love looking at them when I'm walking B Baggins. In this area too there is no shortage of either moss or ancient stone walls:)

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  20. Those soft textures and comforting shades of green really are soothing!

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  21. Your moss covered stones are a delightful refreshment for the soul. You probably already know how much I love moss. I take way too many photos of my moss paths and have to restrain myself from posting too many of them on my blog! But the bright green is so beautiful in the winter landscape.

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  22. Oh I love moss, so pretty :) Lovely photographs. It was a beautiful morning for a walk :) Sun is shining

    All things nice...

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  23. I love moss and its color but also the fragrance which accompanies it.

    I have read that the color green soothes and relaxes (mentally as well as physically), helps alleviate depression, nervousness, and anxiety and offers a sense of renewal, self-control, and harmony.

    It is no wonder we love our gardens so much.

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  24. I used to live in Derbyshire where the ancient limestone walls were covered with a thick downy moss. Now I live in the Pacific Northwest (USA)and can still enjoy moss blankets thanks to the rainy season(s).I also love to walk on a damp mossy carpet in bare feet in spring.

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  25. Sounds and looks like you found the best peaceful place to be just when you needed it. There's something special about mosses and old walls, both always hit the spot for me. Loving the vibrant greens and textures. As ever, thanks for sharing and bringing me a smile.

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  26. Your beautiful photos certainly soothe the brain at the end of a day. The colour is so balancing, it brings harmony. I prefer moss to grass, it is springy to walk on and you don't have to mow it - we have a lot here especially on the riverbank.

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  27. i definitely think that green is soothing for the brain. These photos are just beautiful. i love the look and feel of (dry) moss. When wet, it's just a bit icky.

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  28. The mosses gives always a certain peacefull feeling. I always want to feel it under my feet (without socks and shoes of course). Beautiful photo's
    gr. Marijke

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  29. Your photos are beautiful and like the pictures with the mosses me very well. As the moss all but caresses and soft leaves. Great!

    regards

    Carola

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  30. This is now my desktop picture. Just found your blog. It's lovely! Thank you.

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