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Moss on stump large image

Observed: 23rd January 2010 By: miked
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Description:

Trying to give an impression of several mosses and their habitat on one oak stump. Its a mosaic of 15 photos stitched together but really needed at least 45 pictures to achieve full depth of field. NOTE the second image is VERY large 300mb when uncompressed.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Jonathan's picture

Great. THere are some

Great. THere are some horizontal lines across the original image. Are these an artifact of the processing?

And what species are in the picture?

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

miked's picture

I can't see any horizontal

I can't see any horizontal lines, do you mean on the full size image?

I put this one up to show a whole ecosystem, well group of species and interactions going on even in a small space in the middle of winter. In other versions of this I've found springtails and other creepy crawlies besides various species of moss, lichens and fungi. These little mossy clumps can be found anywhere, I can even see a load of them sitting here at the pc looking out of the window in my inner city flat. Its shown at high resolution so you can see all the little bits and pieces, even the marks on the moss fruiting bodies.

This kind of thing should be possible even with digi compact cameras so long as you can get control over some of the camera settings. The software for patching together images and/or increasing depth of field is either free or there are free trial versions.

As to the species, I am not sure as I am only familiar with a few species of moss, hopefully someone will help me out.

Jonathan's picture

Yes, the lines are in the

Yes, the lines are in the full-size image

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

miked's picture

Well now redone the image

Well now redone the image from the originals and posted a second 'raw' version of the image without any reductions in size, and I can't see the lines on this either.

If you try downloading this second version you can see even more detail in some areas and really get a feeling of being inside that tiny ecosystem if you have a big widescreen monitor.

Peter M McEvoy's picture

how many species

I have (clumsily and hopefully correctly) added some ID's of 3 species. There may be more.

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