Friday, December 31, 2010

Snow Camp Lichens

A few years back I stopped into a little town called Snow Camp, NC, and saw some amazing rooftops with wooden shingles filled with Cladonia lichens!  I had never seen colonies so large in this region before.  Recently, I realized that I would be passing by the town again and decided to take some photographs of this phenomenon.  I had to do some acrobatics to get close-ups of them.  You can click on the photos to see greater detail!

Standing on the back of a car to photograph the lowest of the Cladonia-filled rooftops.

 One half of a roof almost entirely covered with lichens.
A roof corner with Cladonia cristatella and other species.

A close-up of just one shingle.

Happy New Year!

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