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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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].
I do remember that commercial and can hear it clearly in my mind’s ear. And it is so wonderful to be so frequently- and reliably-intimate with our three generations of immediate family!
The wonderful scraggliness (very nice pic Gary!) is Melicytus alpinus – having just double-checked it online I found the etymology for Melicytus: ‘From the Greek meli (honey) and kytos (hollow container), referring to the staminal nectaries of the flowers. Literally “honey-cave”’, and that was so sweet I had to share :) –from https://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora/species/melicytus-alpinus/
And how sweet of you to share this inside info and the identification of the scraggliness. What a grand resource you are–so pleased to have you as a friend!
I was pleased you got such a lovely photo of that plant.. it’s a favourite of mine!
The pleasure is (at least half) mine!
You get today’s prize for good research and for saying the etymological “honey-cave” is so sweet you had to share it.
I’m proud as punch to get the prize.. a nice surprise :) and just in time before I head off to bed.
You can dream about the origin of “pleased/proud as punch”: https://grammarist.com/idiom/as-pleased-as-punch/
I enjoyed reading that! Initially I thought I’d wrongly used ‘proud’ as punch but once into the article it explained ‘proud as Punch’ was the original saying. It’s possible I’ve heard both ‘pleased’ and ‘proud’ used over the years!
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.
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.
I like lichens too, so intricate and colourful. Very nice!
And there is such a variety. It’s amazing to see some of the outlandish places they like to grow.
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. :-)
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!