New York Botanical Gardens ~ Lichen and Mosses

The class at NYBG went well…..nice students with lots of lovely drawings.  The final drawings are due by August 1st, I’m looking forward to seeing each one =)

Here are some photos of the British Soldier Lichen I took with my iPhone.  The first one is a direct shot and the last three are shot through the lens of the dissecting microscope.  If you look closely you can see the tiny mosses at the feet of the lichen.  This British Soldier Lichen is about 1cm tall….a tiny world…enjoy!

I wish I would have taken photos of my class and students but I didn’t get the brilliant thought until I was half way up the Saw Mill Parkway =(

British Soldier Lichen posing for it’s closeup. The Soldiers showing beautiful red caps and a tiny word of mosses at their feet…amazing little world!

through the scope


Every once in a while you stumble onto something wonderful on the internet.  While researching mosses for my class at NYBG I did exactly that…I stumbled on an artist named Robert Muma.  To learn more about this artists and his life please go to his website at

He created a beautiful series of paintings of tiny mosses….a world so often stepped over……

(click on image once to bring up image and then again to bring up enlargement) =)

Mosses by Robert Muma