South ridge of Mt. Race, Massachusetts.
I took a hike along this great ridge to inspect a section of the Appalachian Trail that I maintain.
While on the ridge I noticed pockets of star moss and a few other hardy plants in folds of the rock.
Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Bull’s Bridge, Connecticut.
Did a short hike to check on a section of the AT I maintain that had a recent fire on it (250 acres burned). It was mostly a leaf fire and burnt the understory but most of the trees were spared. And, now, a few summer months later, things are growing back.
This star moss was right on the edge of the fire and somehow survived.