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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lichen

I was mentioned on a post yesterday.

After looking at her pictures of mosses and lichens, I went out and shot some of mine.

This feels like a Christmas post, and my apologies for not thinking of it sooner... Some people put out a bale of hay for Santa's reindeer, but I'm not sure that the reindeer would actually benefit from hay. Seems like they would get sick after spending the year eating lichens and moss.

brain lichenThis patch of Cladonia rangiferalichen looks like brains.

It felt like they were contemplating the nature of the universe, while I looked on.

Like the Douglas Adams computer Deep Thought, who gave us the answer "42".

I think these babies might come up with an answer that is more relevant to our day to day struggles...
I will admit that these guys figure prominently in my plans for the zombie apocalypse. If I led them past a group of brain lichens, they might get confused. If that doesn't work, I'll lead them through the saw briars and hawthorns.


lichen bloom
Lichens are a diverse group of plants, in just a small area, I was able to capture some wildly different forms.

Looks like this Cladonia cristatella (british soldier lichen) is blooming... Be sure to click the pictures to see them better.


lichen thread
lichen threads
Coupla thready ones.
(foliose)
The Dragonriders of Pern are expected momentarily.




plate lichen
plate lichen

Flat ones, plate-like

Parmotrema perlatum




lichen growing in moss


Small ones growing up through the moss.


river of lichen
Stream of lichen... Most gardeners produce the dry stream bed effect using rock...


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