Wednesday, April 28, 2010
We mostly think of the tiny, colorful stuff in relation to wet, damp, cool places; but, I'm here to tell you it's all over the desert as well. Naturally, I don't have to convince riders in Utah, Colorado, California, Wyoming or Arizona that their rides are full of rocks with lichen attached. But, Nevada… well… that's an equine of a different wavelength.
For them I present — DATA! Look at the photo of Ladybug Rock in Cottonwood Wash to the right. Ignore the ladybug if you can and look at the rock. I can see at least three kinds of lichen. Can you?
What we must remember is that lichen is about as tough as the rocks upon which they live. And, things in the desert weren't always like they are now so there are patches of fossilized lichen all around… if you look for it.
Recently, I stumbled upon a whole bunch of lichen photos on another post and I've brought them together from Flicker for your purusal and enjoyment. So enjoy!
Green Lichen by kaibara87
Map Lichen by Vik Nanda
Lichen by pfly
Lichen @ Pinnacles by Dawn Endico
Stonewall Rim-Lichen and Bare-Bottom Sunburst Lichen by pellaea
Wolf Lichen on Douglas Fir – Colockum Road by brewbooks
Lichen by jenny downing
Lichen at Mt Waterman by steveberardi
Snow, Rock, Lichen 1 by Ctd 2005
Lichen by Paul J. Morris
Lichens on a Tree by Steve Newcomb
Lichen Bloom by Arenamontanus
Yellow Map Lichen by pellaea
Reddish Lichen by kaibara87
Lichen by treehouse1977
Lichen by Tim Green aka atoach
Wood Lichen by Nogwater
Lichen Tooth by Mike McCaffrey