worlds of lichen

details are important: click a thumbnail

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
together

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
e
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

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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…
    )0(
    maryrose

    • 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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