worlds of lichen

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discovering small worlds

strange little details
to be found
in the unknown
kingdom of lichens

Well, not a kingdom
symbionts they are
a fungus and algae

a WoW experience
when looking at
these pictures

first time

like watching an alien world

only these aliens
grow in every garden

and on every concrete,
on almost every rock
verywhere on earth

WoW is not curiosity
it is a (re)action of awe

it inspires
makes speechless

and a lot of these speechless moments

let you see and think out of the box
and soon everything you see and encounter
is full of marvel, wonder, Silence, …

Pictures by bvdb (whoisbert) xmas-2013/jan-2014 – @home – Canon Ixus HS230 – IMG_5550-5545-5457-5340-5279

12 thoughts on “worlds of lichen

  1. You know I am a joyful follower and enjoy all that you post here! But here you go again posting one of these precious delights that make me pause and whisper ‘wow’. I have always marvelled at the tiny, explosions of life nearly beyond our noticing (so it’s no wonder I adored Suess’ Horton Hears A Who). I appreciate this post very much Bert. Thank you for sharing your gifted eye with us here (both your photographer’s eye and your inner sight).
    Blessings, always, Gina

    • Thank You, Gina, for your very encouraging comments. 🙂
      Inducing the ‘WoW’ experience, is why I post these pictures. Words are most often not capable of doing that.
      Looking up Horton in wikipedia, I remember having watched ‘the film’ when small. I thought about those worlds within the smallest structure like the elementary particles, just a couple of days ago – must have been induced by watching the adaptation of this book.

  2. wonderful photos!
    I use lichen in my art especially my faerie houses/habitats….
    I saw a video once of the life within lichen, amazing …
    Thank you for sharing such beauty in nature
    Take Care…You Matter…

    • Thank You, MaryRose 🙂 — faerie houses, of course
      I’m starting to see how they form — like slowly fading patches on the bark of a tree, and getting ticker over the years, only much later to grow their diameter.
      Amazing beings!

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