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bendyfoot February 4th, 2010 08:20 AM

Lichens, close up
 
[URL="http://falltoclimb.wordpress.com/2010/02/04/winter-treasure-hunt-part-3-the-fungus-amungus/"]Lichens[/URL] Ohhhh, pretty! :lovestruck:

Marcha February 4th, 2010 12:29 PM

Very pretty! And an interesting read too. Thanks for the added details.
And I am still super envious of your macro!

hazelrunpack February 4th, 2010 01:10 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.

bendyfoot February 4th, 2010 04:40 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.

hazelrunpack February 4th, 2010 07:55 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?

bendyfoot February 4th, 2010 08:51 PM

I suspect these fruiting bodies formed in teh summer/fall and are now dormant, but I've seen them year-round.

growler~GateKeeper February 5th, 2010 01:16 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


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