But there were lichens, and a bear tree; even better.
|A reindeer lichen, with mosses.|
|More reindeer. The dark specks on the tips are fruiting bodies. (Click for a better view.)|
|Mosses, evergreen needles, and a densely curled lichen.|
|Leaf lichen on a dead tree branch.|
|Many lichens on a rock. Large leaf lichen, tiny pixie cup cladonia, a smaller leaf lichen, and several species of tiny crustose lichens.|
And the bear tree? I've seen these several times in this patch of forest; dead trees that the bears have been using to sharpen their claws on and maybe to scratch their backs with. This one was ripped from knee-height to well above my head.
|Do the bears choose a dead tree, or is it dead because the bears chose it?|
I didn't see any bears.