30 Photos – #20 – Walls of Moss

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Lichen and ferns
lichen and ferns
flourish upon the alley walls

I never cease to be fascinated with this wall of moss and ferns in my alley. I walk or ride past it up to a dozen times a day and I can’t resist taking yet another photo each time I notice something new: a turn of leaf, a tiny flower inside a dark niche, the way the light falls at different times of day. I’ve taken dozens of photographs of this wall, and the neighbours must surely think I’m crazy by now. (They may be right…)

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About Chris Galvin

Chris Galvin is a Canadian writer, editor and photographer dividing her time between Canada and Viet Nam. Her essay Flood Season was a finalist for the 2012 Best of the Net prize, and Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam won third place (shared) and a Readers’ Choice Award in the 2015 I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and literary journals, including Descant, Asian Cha, PRISM International, Room, and others. She has written in Vietnamese and English for Vietnam Tourism Review/Kham Pha Du Lich Vietnam Magazine, Travellive, and Du Lich Giai Tri. Chris is currently looking for a home for her recently completed manuscript, Breakfast Under the Bodhi Tree, a book about living, eating, and tour-guiding in Viet Nam.
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6 Responses to 30 Photos – #20 – Walls of Moss

  1. Jennifer says:

    I especially love the up-close photo- the deep color of the moss, the haphazardness of the brick, the little plants that are flourishing on the ledges. Very tactile.

  2. sueborgersen says:

    I am dazzled. To see this greenness right now when my world is so white. Thank you, a real treat.

  3. Evelyn says:

    The wall is so lush and beautiful! I want to reach into your photo and touch it.

  4. That wall of moss makes me think of hobbits and elves and all the fantastical things that might be happening as soon as the camera moves away. Just lovely.

  5. D. D. Syrdal says:

    Is this the way to the castle? Where are Jareth and Sarah and Hoggle?? 🙂 Love this, beautiful.

  6. Quirina says:

    Verdant velvet with pink bricks this way and that. Love this, Chris. I also have a fascination for moss. It has a special brilliant kind of greenness about it, sort of the cream of a healthy ecology. xx

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