Last week, while on a field trip for a natural history course I spotted this clump of moss and just had to take a picture of it. Unfortunately the settings weren’t quite right on my camera, so the color got a bit distorted. But you can get the idea. I just had to take a picture of this moss because it’s so colorful! In this one clump, smaller than the size of my fist, you can see dark green, bright green, olive-green, yellow, orange, rust, and even hints of pink! It was a pleasant surprise of natural color diversity.
Seeing all the different hues in the moss reminded me of another natural source of unexpected colors: lichens. I always enjoy looking at really old rocks and seeing how many different colors of lichens I can find. I remember on my field trip I saw quite a number, but didn’t think to take any pictures. But I do have some pictures I took from my trip to Yellowstone. Just look at all the colors on these rocks! I can spy white, deep gray, orange, salmon, chartreuse, pale sage, purplish-white, and a brownish-peach. These rocks rival an artist’s palette in their variety of colors! I find it amusing that something so colorful, so decorated, goes overlooked and unnoticed so much of the time.