With the rain, come the rain lovers. The fungi, the slimes, the lichen.
At Crescent Beach, yesterday, I examined one lichen-encrusted tree.
|The common flat-leafed grey-green lichen: flat, loosely attached lobes, tiny fruiting bodies, shiny black lower surface. Above it on the trunk is an acid-green leaf lichen, and a grey crust covered with round, saucer-like apothecia.|
|Another branch, more leaf lichens, more crust, and a spiky, thin-leafed cluster. And this is a confused tree; look at the base of the branch on the left. See the new pink bud? Thinks it must be spring, given the constant warm(ish) rain.|
|The same branch, zooming in. And there's a white dusty heart, for Clytie.|
|I didn't even notice until I was trying to identify that green stuff, that this section of branch has 4 or maybe 5 red mites on it. Do you see them?|
While I looked at lichen, Laurie clambered through the bush, dodging blackberry canes, to get close to this big clump of shelf polypore.
|On a well-rotted log, pierced by dead blackberry canes, and tinted with bright slime.|