Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Lichen

Here on Cape Ann, we have granite bolders strewn about left over from the last ice age. Glaciers scraped Cape Ann down to the granite bedrock tumbling and grinding it into large boulders.

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We had our first snow Saturday night, leaving a couple of inches behind. The moisture is soaked up by this lichen and leaves it dried out shape and becomse leafy like lettuce. The underside of the lichen is jet black as if it were sprayed with lamp black.

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10 comments:

Bacolod and Beyond said...

wow, beautiful shot, you've got a nice camera.

My Family Daily Adventure said...

I like the first picture, you took it nicely. I love it.

nuts said...

clear photograph and the subject is just so perfect for watery wednesday!

The Early Birder said...

Nice Steve. Nature's blotting paper?

Jenny said...

I love lichen on rocks! Your black backed species is amazing, I'm not sure we have one like that over here or not.

Roy said...

Great light on that first shot Steve.
That is so unusual having that black on the underside. Just doesn't look natural.

Barb said...

I love the interesting shapes and colors of lichens, Steve, and you capture them well. By the way - get off those railroad tracks!

Randi said...

Great shot! I can hear the flow of the water...

Eve said...

Cool! Never would have known about the black underneath Steve.

Stine in Ontario said...

Thanks for your fingers in the photo to show jthe size of the lichen.

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