It is a general adage that you can tell where North is (in our hemisphere) by looking at which side of the tree moss is growing on. This is only really true on flattish ground though; on a steep slope the moss will grow facing the slope as this is where the damper conditions lie.
This was the case here, where the moss on this tree was on the South side, but the tree was on a North facing slope in perhaps the most attractive of the inhabited South Devon coastal rias, the Yealm Estuary. This steeply sided drowned valley is thickly wooded and the South West Coast Path leads out from the foot ferry landing at Noss Mayo through Passage Woods.
These dank woods get very little light and a great deal of moisture from their coastal setting. There are some wonderful old moss covered trees here including many multi-trunked specimens such as the one depicted in the image here.
The shot also displays the shallow depth of field that micro 4/3 cameras such as the Olympus E-M1 are allegedly so poor at, and also shows off the pleasing bokeh of the 12-40 lens.
Yealm Estuary, Noss Mayo, Devon, UK
Camera: Olympus E-M1
Lens: Olympus M 12-40 mm f/2.8
Focal Length: 40mm
Shutter Speed: 1/25s
This image was barely touched in Lightroom except at the end where before exporting a little post crop vignetting was added. In Photoshop it had a fair few 'distracting elements' removed, mainly areas of incomplete moss coverage. It was then treated in Color Efex Pro to a 'Recipe' (Fly Lake House) from Flypaper Nik Color Efex Presets. This involved a combination of these filters: Cross Processing (changing the hue); Polarization (producing a glow in the highlights - perhaps the opposite of what a real polarising filter would do in the same circumstances); Darken/Lighten Centre; and Detail Extractor. I generally endeavour to avoid presets and roll my own, and have certainly never bought additional presets for a Photoshop plugin before, but these already cheap presets were further reduced in a recent sale and really are incredibly good (and no, I have no connection with Flypaper). Chapeau.