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!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Our Lady of Lichens

This statue of Mary sits in a graveyard near our home.  Notice all of the beautiful orange lichens that cover her!


Have a merry Christmas!

- Brendan