August forest floor

Winter hasn’t been too wet, but the high rainfall of the past 18 months means that watertables, even on slopes and hill tops, are not far down; just like in the late ’80s and ’90s. The forest floor has hardly had the chance to dry out properly since summer 2009-10 and that has meant growth on the forest floor has been prolific. Its definitely the year of mosses and ferns.

Local granitic boulders seem to support about six commonly seen mosses that use organic matter from above as a nutrient source and to break down the minerals in the rock. The feldspars and micas are relatively soft and are the first to go, often leaving a pit in the rock where the crystal once was.

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