Snow-capped clubmoss

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The weather here has been wild. It has already been below -20oC (0oF) and the snow was beautifully crisp. The stiff clubmoss in the back was just peaking through the soft, fluffy snow. A common fern ally (non-vascular plant that is not a true fern), Lycopodium annotinum is found around the world in a belt around the boreal forests and in colder conifer forests.  Some authorities now recognize this species as a Spinulum, but not here in Quebec. When I was a kid, I thought their relative, Lycopodium clavatum, were miniaturized conifer trees.

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