I Like Lichens

The Trail contains a never ending variety of lichens.  Look down and you see Raindeer Moss.  If it hasn’t rained in awhile the little balls contract.  Pour some water on them and they will start to puff out.  This type of lichen is a good indicator air pollution so it’s always nice to see them out in force.

Lichen 6

Look up and you will see some light green stringy lichens that hand from the tree like Spanish moss

Light green stringy lichen 5

This is clearly worth a closer look.  If you look really close you will see some cup-shaped lichens clinging to the branch.

Light green stringy lichen 1

And still another lichen with its fuzzy tentacles reaching out.

Light green stringy lichen 4

Here is a branch covered with lichens and supporting a Cardinal Airplant.  It amazed me that such a small a branch could provide so much support.

Cardinal Airplant 2

That’s all for now – but standby for future postings.

2 comments on “I Like Lichens

  1. John, That is some interesting lichen! Your pictures are wonderful! I hope more people visit this Trail to the River. What a interesting secluded walk it is. To think it could be cemented over soon is so appauling! yuk.

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