Lichen

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22 responses

  1. Stunning. The closer we look, the more I am reminded that we are all little specks in the big scheme of things.

    October 24, 2012 at 8:09 am

    • You are so right, Audrey…such little specks…. Thank you. πŸ™‚

      October 24, 2012 at 8:19 am

  2. Super close-ups! Lichens are so other-worldly looking.

    October 24, 2012 at 9:12 am

    • Yes, they are, Meanderer…thank you.

      October 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm

  3. Ha!……some of us are big specks…..more like blobs…

    To be serious….these things are amazing, and are quite difficult to photo….and they come in a huge variety of forms…..perhaps these have never been recorded before Scott….a new discovery…nice shots.

    October 24, 2012 at 9:15 am

    • They are amazing little creatures, John…and I enjoyed kneeling in a bit of wet forest mulch to make the photos…it smells wonderful being so close to the ground out there. I was hoping Allen from New Hampshire would be able to help us with the identification, and it looks like he has…maybe a new discovery is still out there waiting for me. Thank you for your words, John…be we bits or blobs…. πŸ˜‰

      October 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm

  4. Fascinating little plants and so much variety. Nicely captured Scott. πŸ™‚

    October 24, 2012 at 9:15 am

    • Truly fascinating, Chillbrook…thank you. πŸ™‚

      October 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm

  5. Isn’t it amazing what beauty awaits us when we take the time to look. Great shots, Scott. Thanks for sharing them.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    • Thank you, Erica…and it sure is amazing what beauty is out there waiting for us to slow down and take a closer look…. You’re welcome. πŸ™‚

      October 24, 2012 at 9:58 pm

  6. I like the close ups, they reveal so much, really very beautiful.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    • Thank you, Leanne. πŸ™‚

      October 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm

  7. Nice switch to up close and personal…. the green things look a lot like some of the things found in tide pools. Most important of all it looks like you had fun with this….. πŸ™‚

    October 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    • Thank you, Gunta…and yes, it was much fun to get so close to the rich earth and make the photos…. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen photos of tide pools with similar-looking plants living there…kind of amazing….

      October 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm

  8. Wow-these show the spores around the rim of the splash cups of the Mealy Pixie Cup (Cladonia chlorophaea) lichens in the first photo. Considering how small these lichens are that’s a real close up! I’ll have to go back and inspect my lichen forest to see if they’re fruiting.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    • Thank you for the ID, Allen…they look very much like some of the photos you shared the other day.

      October 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm

  9. Nut Balls

    Amazing how beautiful such little organisms can be…6 days, huh? Not sure about that one πŸ™‚

    October 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    • Yes, Nate…quite amazing…and yep, gotta wonder about those six days. πŸ˜‰

      October 24, 2012 at 10:04 pm

  10. Whats not to like about lichens?! They make a charming subject. πŸ™‚
    Beautiful textures!

    October 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    • They are rather charming, Karen…. πŸ™‚

      October 29, 2012 at 10:14 pm

  11. Love the first one, it’s a little bit weird ;-). You wonder what it is….if you don’t know it.

    October 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    • It is a little bit weird, Yvonne…like from another planet…or maybe from the deep ocean floor….

      October 29, 2012 at 10:15 pm

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