Gatherling Moss (oct. book)

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.

  1. they have no vascular system

2. no flowers

fruits

seeds

no roots

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

Dicranum moss

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

Kickapoo

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

Choices

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!

City Mosses

like statues

fountains

grave stones

etc

abandon railroad cars and/or autos

vernicle

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

One thought on “Gatherling Moss (oct. book)

  1. I give this book a 4 smiley face rating out of 5.
    why do mosses form on rocks? or glacier boulders
    moss knows each rocks structure.
    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
    mosses are the most simple of plants.they have no vascular system
    no flowers
    fruits
    seeds
    no roots
    mosses are little, there are advantage of being small
    mosses are small because they lack the supporting system to hold themselves upright P. 14
    22,000 species (fills in empty spaces)
    the surface changes the quality of the air. Like air speed.
    mosses grow only when they are moist P.18
    mosses reproduce by spores P. 19
    moss sperm is many, they are week swimmers. They (sperm) last for about an hour
    they reproduce without sex … evolution P. 27
    relating these sisters to mosses
    the water help provide water to the oaks in a draught P. 35
    mosse can lose 98% of moisture and still live
    a dry moss can not photosynthesis p. 37
    when leaves are wet, the moss turns the leaf into “solar panel” for photosynthesis p. 47
    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
    Kickapoo
    Kickapoo is a river in south Wisconsin (drift less area)
    saw Fissiden moss in the Kickapoo river
    liverworts for medical needs appear with this moss
    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
    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.
    talk about having live stock = dead stock
    natural selection could mean 1/2 of cell could be completely opposite P.76
    300 stems per centemetere P. 78
    crowding seems to trigger sexual reproduction
    for ecology does the rules for big = small size
    slug slim likes to be on the rocks (or on the moss)
    slugs we drawn out with beer!
    City Mosses
    like statues
    untains
    grave stones
    etc
    abandon railroad cars and/or autos
    row in cities
    mosses can;t kill grass
    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
    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 moss is a sponge for nutrients P. 115
    some moss only live on copper P. 121
    some on trees or limestone
    nitrogen economy P. 122 with all the poop
    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 (author) 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
    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
    some mosses needs full sunlight to survive P. 158
    do plants come when they are needed? P. 161

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