This Saturday, I spent a very enjoyable afternoon staring at a brick wall and bits of pavement in Dalston.
Or to be more precise, I was being amazed by the yellow and grey lunar landscapes of ancient lichens viewed through a spyglass, which have managed to find a foothold in the harsh urban landscape and thrive despite unfavourable conditions. And the amazing resurrection properties of a certain type of moss which instantly returns to green springy life from a freeze-dried state when spritzed with a little water.
Thank you to the wonderful Alan and Marion Rayner who brought their warm infectious enthusiasm for all things natural through the 'Naturemoments' tour at FARM:shop in Dalston - and opened our eyes to the patterns, colours and teeny tiny universes playing out beneath our feet. If we'd only stop to look a little more closely...
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