Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures – Formonthills Lichen

Formonthills - Lichen - Xanthoria parietina

This weeks wordpress photo challenge is the word ‘textures’, and to me, a perfect example of differing textures are lichens on tree bark. These lichens are found on the Formonthills, near Glenrothes, in Fife.

Formonthills - Lichen - Xanthoria parietina
Formonthills – Lichen – Xanthoria parietina

 

Formonthills Foliose Lichen
Formonthills Foliose Lichen

 

Formonthills - Lichen - Xanthoria parietina
Formonthills – Lichen – Xanthoria parietina

 

Formonthills Foliose Lichen
Formonthills Foliose Lichen

 

 

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47 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures – Formonthills Lichen

    1. You’re right about that Donna, so many people just walk right passed them without noticing! I find it amazing how they can grow on all sorts of surfaces, they are really fascinating. I hadn’t thought of the similarity to sea anemones, but I can see what you mean 🙂

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    1. They have used quite a few different lichens for dyes in the past, the folk of yesteryear clearly thought like you. And I agree, Meg, they do look very similar to corals, and they have a definite similarity too. Lichens consist of both an algae and a fungus, both of which need each other to survive (symbiosis). Likewise, a coral consists of both a wee sessile animal, which also relies on its relationship with a plant-like algae, to build the largest structures of biological origin on Earth. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Siobhan 🙂 And yes, a few do, some are quite obvious, but some as you say, are really interesting, such as “blistered navel lichen”, “witches hair lichen”, and “script lichen” 🙂

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    1. It is amazing how much more we can see once we start walking, rather than driving 🙂 I’ve got some quite nice photos just from spending a few hours walking around a town that I thought I knew reasonably well, but once I got checking out all its nooks and crannies, it’s fascinating what you can discover 🙂

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  1. You are so right Andy. I actually took out time for a short walk this afternoon. A couple had arrived, unnoticed by me, and spotted me taking close ups of a rusty pipe! When I turned, surprised to see them, they looked at me as if I was crazy! Occupational hazard I suppose! Have a great week end.

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  2. Really like these shots. I am fascinated by the things we walk by blindly. I believe the Foliose lichen are my favorite. They seem to be stretching toward the light, a little less shy than the other but not as boldly colored.

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