Mosses and lichens
In winter, I look for mosses and lichens for some winter color:
The showiest of these is the British solder lichen. The cup lichen in that image is a species in the same genus as British solder lichen, Cladonia. The haircap moss flower is last year’s flower, and may be the male flowering part. The tiny insect in the haircap moss (I think it’s an insect) was a surprise. I also saw tiny insect-like creatures in the crustose lichens. I haven’t identified the rock moss, found on the vertical face of a granite boulder in the woods.
My interest isn’t the taxonomy, it’s more the bright colors, graceful branches, and interweaved patterns I see in them.