Monday, January 09, 2012

Lichen on a fence

Lipstick cladonia, Cladonia macilenta, in Crescent Beach.

The fence is built of tall, upright boards, rotting away from the top down. The clubs grow out of the grain at the top, like a row of protective spikes.

Bright, lipstick-red fruiting bodies at the tips.

Fantasmagorical shapes

This was another of those times when a photo opportunity entices us into odd behaviour. The fence was too tall, and I had to stand on tiptoe on a log, clutching the rotting boards for support, holding the camera at forehead height. At any moment, I expected the home owner to come rampaging out; "What are you doing, taking photos of my house and yard?" He didn't notice, though, and I got away safely.


  1. Great photos. Plenty of lichens here, but I've never seen anything like that. Lucky you didn't get caught!

    [Word verification: phoughoo. I'm so adopting that as an exclamation of approval.]

  2. Aren't these fun!!! I found some once and I sweat the whole collection on that rock looked like Dr Seuss invented it

  3. Lovely photos! I love the different shapes and textures of different types of lichen.

  4. Cool shots..actually Fantasmagorical shots..:)

  5. They look so big - like a couple of inches! Or is it just the perspective? I love your tiny critters!!!

  6. Snail, Phougoo!

    Judy, the tallest are about an inch high.

  7. Your lichens are wonderful! You did such a good job of getting up close and personal with them.

  8. I absolutely love, love, love these. Your first picture with the house clearly in the background is prize-winning stuff. Something about the juxtaposition. Love.

  9. Elva, Thank you; I was glad there was a log to stand on, so I could reach them.

    Murr; High praise! Thank you!


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