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I've been meaning to go and collect moss samples for quite some time, so I can have a look at them under a microscope. We saw some samples in a museum and they were covered in tardigrades, which were fascinating to look at (they look like microscopic bears!): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tardigrade
 
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I finally scrounged up a laptop to dedicate to my shop, and want to set up a 200x zoom digital microscope I had bought earlier. I would hope that will help see more of the small world of fungi and critters in my yard. I really look forward to it as a fun project and a source of interesting photos. Any microscope tips?
 

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I'm pretty new to microscopes too, so I'm at the same sort of stage. What I did find useful was to go on ebay and buy a set of prepared slides - which meant that I got ~50 different things to look at (fly legs and other insect parts mainly). It was a really fun way to start off learning how to use the microscope. I also bought a pack of blank slides, tweezers and glass covers, so that I can start to find things to make my own - the first will probably be lichen :D.

You've got me thinking about this now, so I'll try and get back in to it this week :D. If I manage to see any tardigrades, I'll post some pics on the forum.
 

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Looks lovely @waretrop :)

I've been meaning to go and collect moss samples for quite some time, so I can have a look at them under a microscope. We saw some samples in a museum and they were covered in tardigrades, which were fascinating to look at (they look like microscopic bears!): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tardigrade
Love Tardigrades :)

Moss is an integral part of bonsai.
Can you tell the local Blackbirds that :D

Took a few shots around the campsite today :)

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Blunt Feather Moss.

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Wood Bristle Moss.

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Could be Common Pincushion or Redshank Moss.
 
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I think I will have to try to move some that I find into the greenhouse next summer...I have never tried that but thanks @treeguy for bring the thought to me... LOL

Oh you are in Detroit...I was in Moline, Il and not am in Stroudsburg, Pa.. I had friends in Detroit back in the day....Have good memories there...
 
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Mosses are pretty - but in their place! I hate them on my roof raising and wrecking my shingles, and I hate them in my hanging baskets smothering out my perennial and annual flowers! :confused:
 
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@Daren - if I had a bit more money, I'd offer you a job (y)
Haha Zippy was an accident lol I think....... :D But I'm thinking I need a new Mossy adventure As there must be more Zippys or Objects that would or could do with a right mossing over:ROFLMAO: ........ps glade you like Zippy Tatters
 

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