I liked the colors and shapes of the lichens and moss on the rocky face of a road cutting outside Hawi.
The Halemaumau Trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes hikers from near the visitor center down to the floor of the summit crater of Kilauea Volcano. It mostly passes through trees and some lush tropical foliage, this being the wet side of the island. Part of the way down the trail eases through a channel between two walls of rock, which are covered in moss. It’s a quite beautiful passage and, in this harsh volcanic area, has a remarkably soft feeling to it.
For more information about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, go to nps.gov/havo/.
Patches of moss coat the base of a tree at Kalōpā Forest Reserve.
Moss grows on a tree in the Kalōpā State Recreation Area, on the northern end of the island. Hawaii might be in the tropics, but the elevation of Kalōpā, combined with it being on the wet side of the island, means it is home to vegetation more associated with my former home in the Pacific Northwest.
This rich, green moss, growing on large bamboo canes, oozes softness.
Posted in response to this week’s Sunday Stills challenge on the theme of ‘Texture.’ See more responses here.
In a strong contrast of textures, the base of a gnarly old ohia tree is covered in a soft coating of moss.