This is a photograph of the same moss I featured during December in ‘Natural Companions‘.
A couple of days ago I walked across the same bridge where I first discovered the moss and noticed how the low sun was catching these new ‘shoots’ making them look like little flames. The moss is called ‘Wall screw moss’ or Tortula muralis.
I’ve yet to find an easy to understand description of the various parts of moss and what these ‘shoots’ do but I’ll report back when I do!
Late edit: Please see Sarah’s comments below for a wonderful explanation of what’s happening with the moss.
Even later edit: JM Chipeco has written a poem to accompany this image. You can find it at her site: Flaming Felicity