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Art Show: Lichen & Moss

Branch Lichen

by Deanne Flouton

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Art: Branch Lichen by Artist Deanne Flouton
Lichen grow in abundance in my area. This is most likely represents a type within the species Parmelia sulcata (hammered shield lichen) which is one of the most most widespread lichens in North America. It grows everywhere: on branches, tree trunks, rocks and dead wood, where slight variations within the species can be found.

Its color stands out against winter terrain and contrasts nicely with various mosses which inhabit the environment. The color is usually a greenish grey but can vary.

I enjoy discovering color in the middle of winter or towards the end of the season. This lichen just "popped out" of a wooded area, nestled among mosses of varying types and the creeping juniper to which it had adhered. It reminded me of something to eat on a stick, such as the remains of unappealing sticky green cotton candy. Seeing it up close next to an acorn makes one aware of its size and habitat.

The photo has been unretouched except for minimal color correction and slight sharpening.

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