Monthly Archives: December 2011

Ken Gergle’s Photography – Moss Rocks!

Award winning photographer, Ken Gergle, is the man behind the lens at Moss and Stone Gardens and Blog .

I’m of the opinion that Ken is Moss and Stone Garden’s unsung hero.  For almost a year, M&SG has posted weekly with one of Ken Gergle’s fantastic photos.  Each week, Ken works on a moss composition for the blog to use for a story idea David Spain or I have.

With apologies, we tend to blindside Ken, giving very little notice and often some off-the-wall subject. Once I figure out what I want to write about, our conversations go something like this, “Ken can you get me a closeup photo of some sporophytes? Umm, I need it by Monday…”  Yes, after all this time, he is still talking to me.

Ken is a pro.  Despite, short notice, never knowing what the topic will be next, aside from the theme of moss, he manages to produce photos that get our readers (that’s you!) visiting again and again.  We are a team, and Ken Gergle’s photography is the master at making whatever I write about interesting; David Spain makes sure what I write about is right.  I’m merely the moss messenger.

Thanks to all our readers for continuing to visit our blog and clicking through to the website. You give us purpose; although we would continue to write about moss, it’s just nice to know others are interested in it too.  Happy New Year and may we continue to explore moss together in 2012.  The Moss and Stone Gardens communication team — David Spain, Ken Gergle, and Helen Yoest.

Click here to enjoy more of Ken’s work.

Ken has had a lifelong passion for the interpreting the visual world around him. To this end, he studied graphic design, art, and of course, photography.

For over 30 years, Ken has photographed both in the studio and on location for a wide variety of ad agencies, corporations, and businesses of all types. He has created imagery that sold, inspired, and motivated.

Today, Ken works primarily as a nature photographer and continues the exploration of all around him that visually stimulates and inspires.

 

 

Order your Moss Rocks!  online today.  Moss is grand.  Moss is green.  Moss is good. Make the most of it; order Moss Rocks! today.

By: Helen Yoest

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To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.

New Year’s Gathering: Cobble Plus One – Party Rock

The invitation finally arrived! I’ve been invited the event of the year, everyone will be there. I shall wear Toadstool. Toadstool goes with everyone, so I’ll look good chatting up the cute blond in Raindrop, the hottie in Bark, and when all the kids gather around to hear my travel tales, their rosy cheeks will reflect nicely in my luster. But, the invitation states: Cobble Plus ONE. This is a problem; with ten of my best Pebbles in town, how do I choose who can come with me?

The last time I left Pebble Betty out of the fun, she shed her rainwater for four days. It was hard to watch. Pebble Lulu will be fine, completely understanding. But, is that reason enough to choose someone else, because she can handle not going? No, I don’t think so.

Pebble Paul will get over it, and I believe he has another invite; however, it’s not to the party of the year. Honestly, I ‘m surprised he isn’t the one who got the invitation, instead of me. Pebble Paul is always the life of the party, charming all the other Pebbles, Cobbles and Boulders.

I could bring Pebble Patricia. She has a way of brightening up a room wherever she goes. Her radiant smile would be an excellent distraction as the other nine Pebbles scattered about, crashing the party. But, I can’t involve her in this; it wouldn’t be fair.

I think the best thing to do is to go “alone” with a platter of Pebbles disguised as Deviled Moss Eggs. I’m sure to be well received as my hostess gift. Once on the table, next to the Foie Gras, my ten Pebble friends can slowly scoot off the table to mingle with the other party guests. This is the best plan since everyone knows Deviled Moss Eggs are always the first to be eaten. While it’s true the next person to the table noticing the Deviled Moss Eggs gone will be disappointed; they will just assume others got to the table for a nosh before them. They are always the first to go.  But all that will be forgotten with the joy my ten Pebble friends will bring to the party.

Yes! me and my best ten best Pebbles will all go and you’ll fine us shufflin to the beat at this New Year’s treat. Ok, plan in place, I shall gather my Pebble friends around to share the good news. Let’s Party Rock!

May your New Year’s bring you joy and moss galore. Please, remember to moss responsibly

Signed: Cobble Chris

 

Order your Moss Rocks!  online today.  Moss is grand.  Moss is green.  Moss is good. Make the most of it; order Moss Rocks! today.

By: Helen Yoest

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New Year’s Gathering: Cobble Plus One

To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.

Twelve days of Mossmass


TWELVE DAYS OF MOSSMASS

On the first day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
A Pebble in a pear tree.

On the second day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the third day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Three Moss hens
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Five Raindrop rings,
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Six Bark a-laying,
Five Raindrop rings,
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Seven Toadstool a-swimming,
Six Bark a-laying,
Five Raindrop rings,
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Eight Mellows milking,
Seven Toadstool a-swimming,
Six Bark a-laying,
Five Raindrop rings,
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Nine Acrocarps ,
Eight Mellows milking,,
Seven Toadstool a-swimming,
Six Bark a-laying,
Five Raindrop rings,
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Ten Pleurocarps a-leaping,
Nine Acrocarps dancing,
Eight Mellows milking,
Seven Toadstool a-swimming,
Six Bark a-laying,
Five Raindrop rings,
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Eleven Peeps a-piping,
Ten Pleurocarps a-leaping,
Nine Acrocarps dancing,
Eight Mellows milking,
Seven Toadstool a-swimming,
Six Bark a-laying,
Five Raindrop rings,
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Mossmass,
my true love sent to me
Twelve Boulders drumming,
Eleven Peeps a-piping,
Ten Pleurocarps a-leaping,
Nine Acrocarps dancing,
Eight Mellows milking,
Seven Toadstool a-swimming,
Six Bark a-laying,
Five Raindrop rings,
Four Lichen birds,
Three Moss hens,
Two Cobble doves,
And a Pebble in a pear tree.


 

Order your Moss Rocks!  online today.  Moss is grand.  Moss is green.  Moss is good. Make the most of it; order Moss Rocks! today.

By: Helen Yoest

Follow Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks! on Twitter @Moss_Rocks and our Facebook Like page Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!

To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.

Merry Mossy Christmoss – Moss Rocks! give-away

From our first post to our latest, with magazine coverage to newspaper blogs featuring Moss Rocks!, we have confirmed what we already knew, moss matters.  From Martha to Grumpy and P. Allen Smith too, moss moves people.

The trend towards moss brought many peeps curious about moss to our site.  Millions of peeps.  Our readers are learning about moss through our educational pieces, you know, making sure our readers know their acrocarp from their pleurocarp and the basics of Mossology.    Finally, moss is trending after all these years.   You see, mosses are primitive plants, evolving 450 million years ago — 70 million years before ferns and tens of millions more years before the first dinosaur; mosses are finally getting their due.  Moss is nature’s first trend!

We have also shared with you our moss dish gardens, moss terrariums, and, of course, Moss Rocks!  Now we want to share with you a chance to win your very own Moss Rocks!

If you are feeling lucky, here’s how:

To enter a chance to win,  tell us, in 50 words or less, how you will include Moss Rocks! in your holiday activities.  For example, will you bring Moss Rocks! home to meet the parents? Will you invite Moss Rocks! to a New Year’s Even party?  Will you, ahem, sleep with your Moss Rocks! (please keep in mind, this is a family blog, most of the time) at the foot of your bed?  Or maybe you see Moss Rocks! riding cargo on your train set or sitting on your mantle.  Share with us your creativity; we’re excited to see what you suggest.

There are three easy steps to enter.

1)  Leave your comment here — 50 words or less as to how you will include Moss Rocks! in your holiday festivities.

2)  Like us on Facebook.

and

3)  Cut and past your blog post comment onto our Facebook page, so we can share your adventures with our Facebook friends.

The winner will receive a set of three Moss Rocks!, a pebble, a cobble, a boulder; oh my.  We are delighted to choose colors for you.

Give-away ends Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 11:59 PM.  The winning name will be pulled at random.  The more times you enter, the greater your chances, but each entry must be a unique use of Moss Rocks!.  One more thing — we will need to have a shipping address by Monday, December 19, 2011.

Shipment anywhere in the contiguous US only.

The winning entry will be posted on our Facebook page by Monday, December 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM EST.  The winner will be notified via the email address associated with their blog comment.

If you are not feeling so lucky, buy now:

 

Order your Moss Rocks!  online today.  Moss is grand.  Moss is green.  Moss is good. Make the most of it; order Moss Rocks! today.

By: Helen Yoest

Follow Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks! on Twitter @Moss_Rocks and our Facebook Like page Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!

To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.

 

A star is born – Moss Rocks! Evergreen

It’s a little known fact, a back story if you will, that when David Spain was a wee lad, he would listen to, over and over again, Evergreen, from the soundtrack of the movie A Star is Born, featuring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

As David watched Ms. Streisand sing,  two things impressed him most.  The first being the vessel of some sort, some kind of thingy Ms. Streisand stares at in the beginning of the video and then softly caresses it against her ear throughout the entire song until right before the end when after, and only after,  she fondly touches Kris Kristofferson’s beard.

A soft beard next to a vessel thingy.  Like a Reeses cup when chocolate met peanut butter, David saw the perfect paring in those prepubescent years  – bring something soft to the shape of the thingy Ms. Streisand uses to give her so much pleasure and it will for sure be a hit.

This vessel next to Ms. Streisand’s  ear was the true inspiration for the rock and Kris’ beard was the true inspiration for the moss.  Moss meets rock.  The paring makes Moss Rocks!  It took many years, but today, a star is born — Moss Rocks! Yes, indeed, a star is born.

EVERGREEN Lyrics adapted to Moss Rocks!…Only one word changes —  moss replaces love, but the meaning of this song holds true.  Have you hugged your Moss Rocks! today?

Moss, soft as an easy chair
Moss, fresh as the morning air
One moss that is shared by two
I have found with you
Like a rose under the April snow
I was always certain moss would grow
Moss, ageless and evergreen
Seldom seen by two
You and I will
make each night the first
Everyday a beginning
Spirits rise and their dance is unrehearsed
They warm and excite us
‘Cause we have the brightest moss
Two lights that shine as one Morning glory and midnight sun
Time, we’ve learned to sail above
Time, won’t change the meaning of one moss
Ageless and ever evergreen

 

Photo by David Spain.

 

Order your Moss Rocks!  online today.  Moss is grand.  Moss is green.  Moss is good. Make the most of it; order Moss Rocks! today.

By: Helen Yoest

Follow Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks! on Twitter @Moss_Rocks and our Facebook Like page Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!

To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.