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Xanthoria aureola

Xanthoria aureola
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Copyright: Ishi Talmon (Ishi) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-09
Categories: Lichens
Camera: Nikon D 80, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G ED, 62 mm UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-08 10:33
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The orange patch in the center (about 5 cm in diameter) is the lichen Xanthoria aureola growing on basalt rock. The grey “stuff” is probably the lichen Dermatocarpon subcrustosum (am not positive about that). Lichens are symbiotic associations of a fungus and algae.

Also seen are tufts of a Bryophyta moss for which I have no complete ID.

Nature, no doubt, has many palettes.

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Hi Ishi,
A new subject for you! Very nice presentation of this amazing colorful lichens. I noticed that lichen even dry, keeps its colours years long. I suppose it were used are dye in the past. Thanks for this unusual and beautiful shot.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-09-08 12:24]

Hello Ishi!

Very interesting collage of beautifull lichens. It looks like photo taken from plane. Good, warm colours, nice composition. Your post proves that common organisms are also very nice.

Lichens are great.... a true pioneer plant and an interesting symbiotic relationship. Nature is fantastically beautiful and extremely varied... yet from a common source... the Master Creator. TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-10 6:18]
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Hello Ishi,
This lichen circle looks like a little sun, the orange colour is most beautiful. Excellent sharpness all over your picture and a subject not so often shown.
Thanks for it

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-09-10 10:05]
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There are very few lichens shots submitted and this one is a very beautiful and informative example. Thanks for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-11 9:23]

Hello Ishi,
This a very fine macro of an interesting and beautiful Xanthoria sp. Excellent sharpness and lovely light and colours. Summer may be nearly over here but I look forward to all the fungi and lichens ahead!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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