by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Preface: Seeing the world through moss-colored glasses. Amazed with starry crystals.
The Standing Stones
Moss is a intricacy with the landscape. Let’s learn about the history/relationship we have with mosses.
why do mosses form on rocks? or glacier boulders
Rocks do have a story (knowledge of the rock territory) moss have the earths story
A bear has plant knowledge??
moss knows each rocks structure.
Mosses have their own name.
Learning to See
it’s 2 dimensional view from the airplane
we know the limits of our vision
we try to see what is beyond us
if you want to find something don’t go out and look for it P.8
talk about neuro pathways??
mosses is like listening rather than seeing P. 10
the author teaches biology in the summer
mosses are not know by the general public
mosses are the most simple of plants.
- they have no vascular system
2. no flowers
mosses are little, there are advantage of being small
mosses are small because they lack the supporting system to hold themselves upright P. 14
occur in takes and streams
22,000 species (fills in empty spaces)
life is limited to the shade P.15
the surface changes the quality of the air. Like air speed.
mosses grow only when they are moist P.18
Mosses live in the boundary layer P. 18
it’s advantageous to live in the boundary layer p. 18-19 résistance to airflow
mosses reproduce by spores P. 19
Back to the Pond
fresh water likes green alge
water provided all the need to reproduction’ Look out for drying pond!
the moss started the protective womb process
moss sperm is many, they are week swimmers. They (sperm) last for about an hour
young mosses grow on there parents
moss reproduction in minor on dry land
they reproduce without sex … evolution P. 27
Sexual Asymmetry and Satelite Sisters
NPR with sister spread throughout the world
relating these sisters to mosses
An Affinity for Water
the water help provide water to the oaks in a draught P. 35
art of waiting mosses must be awash in moisture P. 36
the moss dries with no rain
mosse can lose 98% of moisture and still live
a dry moss can not photosynthesis p. 37
could be 300 stems per inch
concave leaf pockets hold a thin film of water
mosses change appearance when drying P. 42
Binding up the Wounds
the role of mosses in ecological succession for thesis paper P. 46
when leaves are wet, the moss turns the leaf into “solar panel” for photosynthesis p. 47
In the Forest of the Waterbear
a stereo microscope is used to look under leaves P.53
you need to take eye, ears, and a machete into the forest
mosses are good for algae
1 gram of moss produces P.55 all the life in moss
predator’s like to use moss for camouflages
part of “lack of life” P.60
author uses duck tape for her canoe
Kickapoo is a river in south Wisconsin (drift less area)
Elevation changes the moss heighte
saw Fissiden moss in the Kickapoo river
liverworts for medical needs appear with this moss
The author had a floating lab in the river
talk of vertical stratification for her study
was working with the corps’ of Engineers for more data
mosses work well with a disturbance to become established
talking with neigborr P. 69
talk of reproductive effort P. 70 sexual reproduction, her neighbor is using sexual reproduction for her cows
with mosses talk about natural selection P. 72
only the most fit servive.
live stock = dead stock
for a gemmae a plant =800,000 spores
natural selection could mean 1/2 of cell could be completely opposite P.76
no pattern without a meaning
the author started to think like a moss when doing her study
she kept notes for a square centimeter location
300 stems per centemetere P. 78
crowding seems to trigger sexual reproduction
she wanted to change the density of the pod
farming is sort of like moss spores P. 80
A Landscape of Chance
chance after a storm
is this an opportunity?
for ecology does the rules for big = small size
two species on a lo have to have different “floors” to survive
slug slim likes to be on the rocks (or on the moss)
slugs we drawn out with beer!
abandon railroad cars and/or autos
row in cities
or, chemical free moss
mosses can;t kill grass
JUST LET MOSSES BE
local rainfall promotes moss
MOSSES CLEAN WATER p. 96 waste water
also air pollution silver dioxide hurts moss (moss leaf) P.97
mosses can be used to check out air quality
The web of Reciprocity
each person has a gift, you need to care for one another!
How do we use moss?
know a plants name for true connection.
be consistent with the comings and going of the plant
treatment of poison ivy P. 106
mosses were used for diapers (what technology) P. 106 like Pampers
dry moss for sanitary needs (napkins)
mosses not used for food but was used for prep.
salmon wiping was done with mosses
The Red Sneaker
mosses like bogs (bog ponds)
author lost her red sneaker on a bog! P. 112-3
the bog is like a sponge P. 115
a sponge for nutrients P. 115
Portrait of Splachnum
some moss only live on copper P. 121
some on trees or limestone
nitrogen economy P. 122
Author gets an consulting gig
moss was to be added to a golf course P.130
they want a colony of moss on a rock
can mosses be transported?
relocation of a moss is not appropriate P. 131
Making a moss milkshake
it could take years to grow moss
the author got introduced to rock/stone cutters
She felt as though she was a “hired gun”
was she part of destruction?
the owner of the project was inviable! P. 138
the owner wanted control
the owner loves mosses
Roundup was used to protect the mosses P. 140-1
mosses helps in the construction of a rain forest P. 141
mosses collect much water in a rain P.142
need a forest to hold water P. 144
more mosses means more humidity P. 145
we need the humility to live like mosses P. 151
tearing moss of the bark and putting it into a burlap bag. P. 152 (like a woman being rapped)
there is legally moss harvest, it’s expected that the limit is exceeded by 30% P. 154
it’s a unsustainable harvest P. 155
Straw into Gold
some mosses needs full sunlight to survive P. 158
photosynthesis is putting /making straw into gold P. 159
do plants come when they are needed? P. 161