Photos of the month

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Living in the west of Britain and routinely visiting Scotland with work, I have come to love the subtle effects of moss on landscapes. Nowhere more so than in the Chee-Millers Dale and Cressbrook Dale areas, where they evoke a sense of temperate rainforest. The latter place is the subject of this week’s Guardian country diary which you can read by clicking this. But in addition here are a few further pictures of their extraordinary beauty and resilience, given that they were among the first vegetation forms to colonise terrestrial habitats about 400 million years ago during the Devonian. I have captioned each image in the slideshow with a few more details. I should add that I am hopeless at identifying them so if you spot mistakes please let me know. I hope you will enjoy.