SpringScapes (4-A) / A Liking for Lichens

My blog-buddy Steve S expressed an interest in the lichens visible in my last post, and I promised him I’d post a sequel. I’m a devoted lichen fan, and I love to find them growing on anything they can, especially in this climate and at this altitude, and there are many. Here are a few. This first was a study from my descent from the snow line on the Waoirau Nordic Road, and the other two are from my visit to Mitchells Cottage. The folks in the photo are, from left to right, The Pebbler (overlooking), The Elf, CD, and Squiddy.

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16 Responses to SpringScapes (4-A) / A Liking for Lichens

  1. I like the scraggliness in the middle picture.
    You may remember the old commercials for “two mints in one.” At the end you’ve got three generations in one [picture].

  2. I am also a lichen fan although I don’t pursue them faithfully enough. I appreciate that they are on those rocks in the third picture as well. That is an interesting structure.

    • krikitarts says:

      There was no description of this specific structure, but I strongly suspect that they built it as a small haven of sanctuary where anyone might manage to get away from the nearly-unimaginable proximity of maybe up to eleven other family members in such a small and intimate space. I rather shudder to contemplate what it must have been like.

  3. I like lichens too, so intricate and colourful. Very nice!

  4. bluebrightly says:

    I love lichens, too, so thanks for posting. And the group photo is wonderful – the way the folks are unposed but end up beautifully arranged, and that great rock wall, wow. :-)

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Lynn, the gravity-fed stone-masonry is very inspiring, and it’s so good to see that all the recent visitors have left it as they found it. Without any mortar to hold it together, it would be so easy for a few casual visitors to undo the elegant work in a matter of a few minutes. And I could spend a week with the lichens!

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