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Textured lichen

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Gray Lichen on Tree Trunk 8847

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To say textured and lichen at the same time is to be redundant, but I wanted to emphasize the fine details in this patch of lichen as well as the roughness of the tree bark it was on. Notice also the rosy color in the upper part of the lichen, which I don’t recall ever seeing before.

This photograph comes from the same December 18th walk in the Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt that brought you the preceding pictures of leafminer trails and a colorful agarita leaflet.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 20, 2014 at 6:01 AM

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  1. You must be channeling me Steve … two great bloggers with but a single thought! I am currently working on a lichen post of my own .. watch for it later today. My lichen portrait was shot out of winter desperation. D

    Pairodox Farm

    January 20, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    • Happy channeling to you, Dave. (Did you know that in terms of etymology channel and canal are the same word?) Your last sentence reminds me of Thoreau:

      “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.”

      Yes, winter in the north can be hard on photographers and make them desperate, so I sympathize. Philosophizing aside, I look forward to your lichen.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 20, 2014 at 7:16 AM

  2. If this link works, it is a lichen from Glacier NP last summer. It’s about 3″ across.


    Jim in IA

    January 20, 2014 at 7:26 AM

  3. When I enlarged the photo, and then gave it an even closer look with a magnifying glass, it was amazing how similar to barnacles this (these?) seem. Individual tiny bumps seem to have openings in them, like a barnacle would.

    Now that I think of it, barnacled wood is a fair description.


    January 20, 2014 at 9:59 AM

  4. I’m lichen this photo Steve! Sorry I couldn’t resist the temptation!

    Michael Glover

    January 20, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    • You’re not alone, Michael, I assure you. I’ve given in to many such temptations on this blog. Why not?

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 20, 2014 at 1:26 PM

  5. Took the words right out of my mouth; it *would* be a redundancy if it weren’t the perfect way to emphasize the texture-ON-texture nature of the photo.


    January 20, 2014 at 6:24 PM

  6. I’m a Lichen this 🙂


    January 20, 2014 at 6:51 PM

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