Here Be Goblins (3)

Here’s another offering from our hike on Mt. Taranaki earlier this week. We were surrounded by three of my favorite forms of vegetation—mosses, ferns, and lichens. Today I bring you a sample of the latter. I would have loved to have a tripod to get a shot with greater depth of focus and my Nikon with a macro lens, but the weather and the available time resulted in my using my waterproof Olympus hand-held. Next time we get a chance, I hope to go better equipped and with more time for photographic preparation.

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14 Responses to Here Be Goblins (3)

  1. It’s easy to see why this complex formation appealed to you.

  2. krikitarts says:

    When I see a diverse colony like this, I can’t help wishing that I could shrink myself (and my camera) to a size that would enable me to explore it from, say, an ant’s eye view.

  3. Meanderer says:

    Fascinating group of different types there. I like your idea of shrinking down to get an ant’s eye view; how wondrous it would be to look up at it!

  4. bluebrightly says:

    They are three of mine as well – you could add wild orchids, too. :-) This is such a nice grouping, a veritable garden of goblets and foliose lichens and probably lots more hiding in there. It’s good that you had the waterproof Olympus but I can understand how you’d want to get in there and study this closer. I have no patience for tripods so am frequently up against that limitation but I have to say, this photograph is very satisfying.

  5. What an interesting formation. Very nice!

    • krikitarts says:

      There were several nice formations on this fence board, but just as I started to make a study of them, another squall came through and the rest of the family was ahead, going out of sight around the next corner, and I had to make do with this one. Thank you.

  6. shoreacres says:

    When I first glimpsed the photo, it looked it a pile of broken coral and sea shells! It’s a lovely arrangement, and I like the combination of colors.

  7. Lichens are such interesting and in many cases attractive subjects. I enjoyed this despite your disappointment with the equipment at hand. Had you not mentioned it I would not have noticed it.

    • krikitarts says:

      That’s a fine compliment. I did shoot five frames and selected the sharpest of them. But I sure would have liked to use a smaller aperture and a longer shutter speed. And to have had a few more hours to play around.

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