Moss Capsules by Michael John

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This macro depicts a small clump of moss with its tiny spore capsules rising above.

At certain times mosses produce spore capsules which appear as beak-like capsules borne aloft on thin stalks.

I believe this to be Juniper Haircap Moss (Polytrichum juniperinum).

Captured in a rainforest within the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park, NSW, Australia.

Canon 400D, as is.
Tv 1/60; Av 4.1; Lens 7.3 – 29.2mm; Focal Length 29.2mm.

Challenge Winner
‘Moss/Fungi/Lichen’ – Apr 2012
‘Macros’ – Jun 2013

The World As We See It – Jul 2011
Sticks & Stones & Living Things – Jul 2011
High Quality Images – Jul 2011
United: Aus, UK, USA, Can – Jul 2011
The Photographers Vault – Aug 2011
Inspired By Miksang – Aug 2011
In His Name – Aug 2011
Alphabet Soup (M) – Oct 2011
Australia At Large – Nov 2011
Featured For A Challenge – Nov 2011
‘Explore’ Featured Photography – Nov 2011
Ferns & Mosses Around the World – Apr 2012
Color Me a Rainbow (Green) – May 2012
Weekly Theme Challenges (Bokeh) – Jun 2012

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I live in Australia and enjoy bushwalking in the great outdoors, especially the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

My photographic interests are pretty much related to Australian landscapes, rustic Australia, historic Australia, Australian wildlife, flora, fauna, birds, etc. Guess I love the country I was born and live in.

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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 3 years ago

    lovely image

  • Thanks Martina

    – Michael John

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 3 years ago

    Beautiful Michael, love the BG too

  • Thanks for that Trudi

    – Michael John

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture, Michael. I love the light and DOF, especially. Well done! :)

  • Thanks for that great comment and fave Donna. The macro world of nature is amazing up close.

    – Michael John

  • Penny Smith
    Penny Smithover 3 years ago

    I like this one Michael, the delicate patterns are lovely and the depth of field is great too :)

  • Yes, it turned out really well. Thanks for the great comment Penny.

    – Michael John

  • Mark Richards
    Mark Richardsover 3 years ago

    WOW! This is awesome Mike… a whole little microcosism going on there… could be a scene from War of the Worlds or Day of the Triffids!!

  • lol – that’s right! The macro world sure is amazing. Thanks for the comment and fave Mark!

    – Michael John

  • Lynda Heins
    Lynda Heinsover 3 years ago


  • Thanks Lynda

    – Michael John

  • MarieG
    MarieGover 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot! The great dof gives your image the most amazing bokey…

  • Thanks for that great comment and fave Marie.

    – Michael John

  • Kathilee
    Kathileeover 3 years ago

    Well done Michael…I tried to capture a similar image this spring and it just didn’t work out! This one is great

  • It’s not easy – but I got lucky here. Thanks for the fave Kathilee.

    – Michael John

  • virginian
    virginianover 3 years ago

    Cool find a shot. Like the softness. Looks like they’re talking to each other. A fave.

  • Yes, it does look like that. Thanks for the fave.

    – Michael John

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 3 years ago

    Very cute Mike. I love the leaf patterns. Nice photo.

  • Thanks for that comment Michael

    – Michael John

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