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Moss party

Marty’s photo of the day #3633: I live in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. Protected on either side by mountains, the valley is in the state’s banana belt. Having lived in the same house since 1996, I’m quite aware of how the area has been affected by climate change. It seems that every year I observe some sort of insect or bird that wasn’t here before. And the thing about climate change is while overall it is destructive, not every place is affected the same way. In fact, the United States has been lucky compare to what other countries have experienced. But our time will come. Regarding the moss in this photo: The Bitterroot Valley has been lucky that its dry climate has experienced multiple years of above-average precipitation. At this moment, the property Deb and I own surrounding our house is greener than I can ever remember it—and the mosses are having a party.

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