To get this tilt-shift appearance, I used a low f-stop number (wide open aperture) and zoom lens on a tripod using what I learned playing with the aperture settings for sunset photos.
I haven't been able to identify the specific species of moss just yet. If you recognize something, feel free to give some input in the comments below! I am just learning the basic types of moss so far and some general identifying characteristics - so I'll do my best! I found the article Knowing your Acrocarp from your Pleurocarp very helpful.
I would love to be able to identify moss just by looking at it, but I'm not quite there yet!
|Some type of Acrocarpous clumping moss gathered from the north slope of a field and transplanted to a rock in full sun. It seems to come back to live each time it rains, and the indentation in the rock provides a little pool to collect moisture.|
|Another clumping Acrocarpous type of moss, this one is bright green in the middle of winter! I found it in the crack on a sidewalk down the street. Transplanted to the shade of a rock garden.|
|Here's another bright green bit from the same sidewalk clump as the one above.|
|This looks to be another Acrocarp - I found this clump growing at the base of a crosswalk signal on campus at IUPUI in Indianapolis. I grabbed a bit and put it in my lunchbox to bring home with me. Not as bright green, but a very thick clump.|
|A large mat of Pleurocapous moss gathered from a shaded asphalt path by my parents' house in Ohio. It's very slim and dense, but doesn't have the cushion appearance that the Acrocarps do.|