First Trip to Myakka This Season 3
December 25, 2016
I couldn’t get a decent photo of this (dead) tree, but I wanted to show it to you anyway so you could see that some of the lichens aren’t just pink but red. The frilly green things are other lichens. The spidery and bristle-y plants growing on the tree are bromeliads.
Amazing wonderful lichens and more! Can a tree like this really be said to be dead when it is providing a place for so much more life?
December 26, 2016 at 6:49 AM
Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Alastair.
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December 26, 2016 at 6:27 PM
I’ve been shooting lichen for years but I don’t ever remember seeing a red like this. Very nice shots!
December 26, 2016 at 9:13 AM
The red lichen is probably the same as the pink—just without so much white mixed in— but I’d never seen it this intense before. The first two photos here are two crops of the same shot.
December 26, 2016 at 6:29 PM
Oh, I love this! Right up my alley – I love lichens. I think the frilly ones are in a class called foliose lichens – maybe not a formal designation but a helpful one, because they ARE leafy. That’s one fruitful dead tree!
Here’s a blog post about FL lichens – you’ll find a mistake in the photo captions though: http://fnpsblog.blogspot.com/2016/06/lichens-tapestry-of-life.html
December 26, 2016 at 8:34 PM
Thank you, Lynn. The first lichens I ever saw (or maybe thought about) were in northern Michigan, and for a long time, in total ignorance, I thought they were a northern phenomenon. Was surprised to see so many down here. Your link is terrific! Thanks!
December 26, 2016 at 10:05 PM