Isolation Antidotes (24): A Liking for Lichens—Misty May Morning

I haven’t featured lichens in a post in more than three and a half years, but I’ve been discussing lichens recently with blogging buddy Steve Schwartzman and I figure it’s about time to revisit this category with another one from my archives. I made this photo just one week short of nine years ago. It had been a foggy, drizzly morning (just about my favorite conditions for photography) and I was hiking on the trail I’d made in our seven-acre parcel of woods across the road from our cabin in northern Minnesota, when I came upon this wonderful array of lichens that had grown on a branch of white birch that had come loose from its tree and had come to rest on a bed of moss. (Click on the photo for more detail.)

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16 Responses to Isolation Antidotes (24): A Liking for Lichens—Misty May Morning

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    Like ’em very much! Couldn’t resist, but I do *really* like your photo.

  2. Peter Klopp says:

    Fabulous shot! The plants look all so fresh after the rain.

  3. This lushness is so different from the dry lichens I recently showed from Texas. Next time I’m in a wetter climate I’ll see what sort of likens I can find.

    • krikitarts says:

      I’ve only been to Texas a few times, and I count it as one of the 50 countries that I’ve been privileged to visit so far. I’d like to know it a lot better and, thanks to you, I’m learning. As for the lichens, it’s really amazing how diverse and adaptable they are. One could easily devote a lifetime of study to them–and, thankfully, some have!

      • We got a taste of how much they’ve been studied when we spent a whole day at the Field Museum in Chicago in 2016. The place had a whole room devoted to lichens.

  4. That is a real beauty, Gary. The rain really brings the colours and freshness out I can almost smell it. I am liken lichens.

  5. Often ignored and dismissed ecosystems 😊

  6. bluebrightly says:

    It looks like home…beautifully done! :-)

  7. That’s a beauty, Gary. A lichen I wish I would happen upon. And it looks like you found a cranberry as well. Must have been a bit boggy.

    • krikitarts says:

      Right again on both counts, Steve. There’s a small wetland very close to this spot, and cranberry too. These woods are a constant source of inspiration and wonder.

      • Cool. I found a nice spot for cranberries last year but they were more more like craisins by the time I got there. It’s on my to do list for this year. It’s great to have a spot where you can visit continually and always expect to find something interesting.

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