It's Time To Look At Some Lichen - August Trip Pt 9 [PRIZES TO BE WON INSIDE]

in Fungi Lovers2 months ago

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Lure you in with the beautiful pond nestled atop a hill, then BAM! Boring ass rocks and Lichen. 😂 Apologies, not offered, because Lichen is cool! It's something most people don't even take a second look at. Well, I'm in Nunavut. A landscape that favors the telephoto and macro lens. Which I need to invest in, but my P900 Nikon does just fine with for now.

A face in the Lichen

The almost soil free rocks make for a perfect Lichen habitat. The funky fungi has taken over any and every rock surface it can grip onto. With thousands and thousands of years of undisturbed growth, the blacks and pale yellows of lichen are one of the most prominent biological organisms on the Tundra. Only the fracturing of rocks from water erosion slows its creep.

Where the rocks don't fracture as often, the Lichen has totally covered the surface of what I believe to be a pink granite. Absolutely covered. The hills appear black, but crouching down reveals that the black is all lichen.

I noticed that the lichen does not like to cross over larger sections of quartz. Nor does it enjoy crossing over other species of lichen. Or at least this particular type of lichen. It's a really cool species that photographs well.

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Thanks for taking a look at this Lichen with me. In my opinion, these little friends are under-appreciated. Some lichen can survive in space. This lichen is on top of hilltops in the arctic tundra, subjected to some of the most brutal conditions this planet has to offer. Ripping winds and brutal cold. Icey springwater melt that freezes and thaws, fracturing the rocks all around the lichen. Destroying some life as it falls, like buttered toast, to the valley floor. But giving more room for growth to other rocks.

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These rocks should be pink, But Lichen is a persistent, patient creature.

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i have no idea where this Nunavit is located, but it looks like boring area, that can be very enjoyable. great rocks,great ancient granits, and lichens. macro lens would benefit to the shots, agree with you. telephoto? not sure of that, probably no... when I visit Karelia, I am pretty fine with 50mm most of the time.

lichen does not like to cross over other species of lichen.

I witnessed quite the contrary cases - red/orange lichens suppress the grey one :P

anyway, nice story and great stuff observed. thank you for sharing!

Admittedly I have to look into this more. It may just be these two types of Lichen that don't cross over each other. The yellow and black one, that is.
Yes, Nunavut is in Canada. Nunavut is an Inuit word that means "Our Land" in Inuktitut. It is the largest of the 3 territories with over 2 million square km of land.

I live just a stones throw above the arctic circle. :D

This beautiful photo

Their patterns and colors are amazing.

100% agree. And I wish I spent more time taking photos. Next time I'm up there I'm going to spend a lot more time focusing on the different lichens and small plants.

And when I go south to visit family I'm going to be paying extra attention to the lichens around home! Nunavut has given me a newfound appreciation for this weird, resilient organism.

I know a person who collects them and puts them into terrariums. Its tricky though they need to be given just the right temperature and humidity.

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Thanks :-)

Heh ... rugged beauty.
Stones and lichen, nothing redundant :)
You can create abstract photos, you do it beautifully.

ah! noticed from the tags it is #canada. nice! looks like very much the same as Karelia / Ladoga skerries I use to visit a lot :)

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wow.