I would have thought that the coldest winter for 47 years would have set things back a bit, but today I found Willow catkins starting to appear:
We had an early frost and fog today....ideal for photographing mosses. This is the recent (40 years or so) interloper from the southern hemisphere, Campylopus introflexus:
It has the most wonderful spore capsules (~2.5 mm tall):
Close-up (blogger permitting):
That's one of my favourite shots of all time.
Baeomyces rufus is a very common lichen on exposed soil, rock and old wood. The green cluster is another specimen of Campylopus, shown above:
The fruit bodies are (of course) purely fungal ( each mini-mushroom is about 2mm. tall):