We flipped open the white utility box at the campsite to charge our electronic devices and found a surprise inside. Up in the corner was a little dot of green. Joe thought it was a refrigerator magnet left behind by a previous camper. He called Beth over to look. When he opened the box for her, she responded, “Egad!” What was it? We got a closer look. The little green button was about 1” across: a squirrel treefrog. The frog is nocturnal and was as surprised to be awakened in its hiding spot by us as we were to find him in our electric hook up.
The day after we saw the treefrog at Grayton Beach State Park, we spotted little grey-green fluffy balls on the ground along the perimeter of the woods. Except for the color, they looked a lot like little snowballs. We asked the park ranger what these are. Answer: Deer moss. It’s found in Florida and is actually lichen.
The ranger said that, if we looked closely around the deer moss, we would find “British moss”, darker green with very tiny red flowers. We looked and did find both types of moss, and they were next to each other. When we tried to google “British moss” we could find nothing. The search is on. What is it?
It seems that new things can be found all around us, if only we notice them. We can have fun by choosing to notice one, find out about it, and then have it become a part of our known world. The green squirrel tree frog, deer moss, and “British” moss are now a part of our known world. Isn’t it odd how learning the names of things expands our enjoyment of our world?