A liking for lichens: Bretagne

Earlier this month, as I was going through my archives from my visit to France in April 2002 to bring you my photo of the Vaillac meadow, I came across this study that I made during an adventurous and memorable hike on the Pointe du Raz, the westernmost tip of 04-20-02-pt-du-raz-lichens-1-lrpsFrance, in Bretagne (Brittany). There are at least four varieties of lichen here—light and dark crusty ones on the rocks, the brilliant orange one, and the pale green filamentous one—in addition to some interesting small succulents.

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22 Responses to A liking for lichens: Bretagne

  1. Makes for a wonderful natural abstract.

    • krikitarts says:

      That’s just what I thought at the time. The wind was howling and I had to watch my footing very carefully, and when I came upon this little sheltered ecosystem, it just spoke to me and asked for a few minutes’ attention. I was more than happy to oblige!

  2. I love finding intimate little scenes like this one, Gary.There seems an endless combination of species available in the lichen world.

    • krikitarts says:

      So do I, Steve. I’ve been a fan for decades and wish that I knew more about them. I have a book dedicated to them up at the cabin, and I study it as time allows, but it’s devoted to north woods species, and there are so many other things that call for time as well–if I can put probable names to a few, I’ll be happy.

  3. Lovely luscious lichens to like.

  4. shoreacres says:

    The lichens are nice. The green, threadlike ones look remarkably like the ones that grow on our docks, either on old wood or in cracks between concrete sections. Still, I like the succulents best. Replicate them in frosting, and they’d make great decorations for a budding botanist’s birthday cake. :-)

  5. Meanderer says:

    What a beautiful photo. Look at all those wonderful colours and shapes. Lovely, Gary; one of my favourites of yours.

  6. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful colours, Gary, and I know you’re a lichen enthusiast. And I can recall visiting Pointe du Raz too – wow you’re taking me back here, it was on a geological field trip while I was at university, and it must have been 1971, well over half a life ago! Thanks for stirring up that memory! Adrian

    • krikitarts says:

      You’re most welcome, Adrian. Our friend the Meanderer was enthusiastic about this too, and I’m planning a sequel with more of the broader picture, as it were. So I hope I can stir up that memory of yours some more!

  7. Finn Holding says:

    What a wonderful palette of colours. A work of art!

  8. Vicki says:

    How beautiful is that array of colour and texture….. :)

  9. Jane says:

    I’ve a love of lichens and this is a beautiful collection of colours, textures and shapes.

    • krikitarts says:

      They make for a fascinating field of study. I wish I had more time to devote to learning more, rather than just admiring them in passing. Still, some folks don’t even see them when they look at them!

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