Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Tropical Moss and the Enveloping Mist

Monsoons are the best time to spot nature in its vibrant form. Everything in the forests seem to be in a re-birth mode and adds colour, variety and spice to the jungle life.

This time in the monsoons, I spent a weekend at Soochipara Falls, which is located in the Wayanad district of Kerala in India.

While returning from the waterfalls, me and my friends were drawn to the bright green moss that clung to trees, steps and nearby chunks of wood.

In simple terms, they seemed to be everywhere. I have seen moss before, but not in such a fresh state and I guess the monsoons and the trees of the Western Ghats offered them an ideal place to grow.

In this fresh form, they have an extremely velvety feel and shine against the dense mist that intermittently kept enveloping the trees.

On the other side, the moss on the side of the steps formed what I would call a ‘green line carpet’. This carpet offered a great platform for some macro/close-up photography.

After spending a long time amidst such vibrant surroundings, we left this place to get back to civilization, but am sure that the sight of the tropical moss and the enveloping mist will remain etched in my memory for a long time.

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