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Lichens, close up

February 4th, 2010, 07:20 AM
Lichens ( Ohhhh, pretty! :lovestruck:

February 4th, 2010, 11:29 AM
Very pretty! And an interesting read too. Thanks for the added details.
And I am still super envious of your macro!

February 4th, 2010, 12:10 PM
Cool! I was able to download a couple of the pics! :highfive: (Having no luck with the tracking ones, though :frustrated:)

I've always loved lichens but I don't ever recall seeing the fruiting bodies on any of them. :o Or maybe I've seen some but just didn't know what I was looking at. We have some lovely lichens on the trees here.

February 4th, 2010, 03:40 PM
The fruiting bodies in my pics are about 1-2mm in diameter, so unless you were looking reeeeaaaaalllly close, they'd be easy to miss. Others' are much smaller, and some stay quite flat against the main part of the lichen.

February 4th, 2010, 06:55 PM
Next time I go out lichen hunting, I'll have to bring the big magnifying glass, then. Do they fruit at a particular time of year?

February 4th, 2010, 07:51 PM
I suspect these fruiting bodies formed in teh summer/fall and are now dormant, but I've seen them year-round.

February 5th, 2010, 12:16 AM
Very :cool: to see up close some of the micro-sized lifeforms we normally pass by w/out ever knowing/seeing they are there :thumbs up