We didn’t find what we were looking for. Heads down, nose flirting with flowers and grasses, hands sinking in sphagnum, we crawled about the taiga floor in wonder at the Lilliputian world at ground level. It is easy to miss, operating six feet up, and easier to pass by with motion blurring the Seurat-scape of color and texture underfoot. So, we resorted to toddlerhood and crawled, taking care not to drag or put too much pressure on anything too beautiful to withstand it.
In the end, Zand did not find any thamnolia, but the search enriched his experience and he provided researchers with valuable information about where it is not found. More info about Zand's journeys and writing can be found on his website at www.zandmartin.com, while regular updates from northeast Asia can be found at www.facebook.com/asiariversexpedition. Incorporate a scientific objective into your next adventure by joining a project today. Keep up with ASC on Facebook, Twitter (@AdventurScience) and Instagram (@AdventureScience).