A Liking for Lichens: Tiniroto

The time:  Sunday, September 19, 2004 (just 10 days short of 8 years ago).  The place:  near the town of Tiniroto, roughly halfway between Wairoa and Gisborne along Highway 36, on New Zealand’s North Island.

I was traveling with a colleague, driving a rental car, when I saw an old, classic wooden fence, long since gone to seed with the ubiquitous lichens that abound in this moist climate.  I came to a (rather sudden) stop, made sure I was well-enough off the highway for safety, grabbed my camera and tripod, and carefully negotiated a barbed-wire fence for a closer look.  It turned out to be well worth the effort.

Metadata:  Nikon Coolpix 4500, 100 ISO, 1/310 second at f/7.5; UV filter.

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16 Responses to A Liking for Lichens: Tiniroto

  1. Victoria says:

    Interesting shot. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that degree of lichen on wood before. Sometimes I think those spur-of-the-moment decisions we make to stop & take a photo are the most worthwhile.
    Lovely detail.
    Thanks for sharing (something I might never see myself).

    • krikitarts says:

      I love to be able to stop at a moment’s notice to take a better look at some little detail that has caught my eye in passing–I’ve captured many delicious memories this way.

  2. Two interesting shots….lichens look great. On the top image the wood that is lichen free by the join looks remarkably fresh and sound compared to the rest of the gate/fence

    • krikitarts says:

      You’re quite right. I think the relatively-fast-growing lichen has protected the newer wood from the weathering we can see on other areas, and something recently rubbed it off to expose it. Good observation!

  3. Jeff Sinon says:

    Great photos Gary, lichens are so cool. Most people just don’t look close enough.

  4. Wow, those are awesome shots. They’re like a smorgasbord of texture!!

  5. Frank Wallace says:

    Wonderful textures.

  6. Angeline M says:

    I love the lines and detail. Really great shot. Bravo for negotiating the barbed wire fence!

  7. MikeP says:

    Great shots… I am very attracted to the lichens that attach themselves to rocks at high altitudeds and the patterns they make.

  8. krikitarts says:

    Part of their fascination is the variety of substrates to which they attach themselves. Old wood seems fairly logical, but–as you say–the ones that grow on stark rock are special, indeed.

  9. I’ve thought about lichens and why they are so fascinating for me. It’s the texture. They are so full of texture that my brain can’t slip and slide over them and onto something else, but, instead, stops to make its way through all the nooks and crannies. Silly brain! But I love it, and these are beautiful photos.

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