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Lichen Heart

Lichen Heart
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-29
Categories: Lichens
Camera: LeicaDLUX4
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-29 13:35
Viewed: 3105
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It is danged cold and I have gained weight, so I walk anyway...in pain mind you but in order to drop those pounds before visiting the doctor in 2 weeks.....so I ventured out this afternoon in the chill, danged cold.

Everything around me is dormant or dead...nothing livened me but the sound of the mail truck...and as he drove up I wondered if anything had some signs of life...so lo and behold as I looked at a lichen covered rock, I saw one with a red-brown center which had the appearance of a heart...hmmmmmm and I looked up lichen and cold (after clicking an image from 1 inch)!

In the midst of a record cold winter it might be encouraging to examine an organism that actually flourishes during this type of weather. Lichens love cold weather. In fact, they only grow in the winter when temperatures are below 50 degrees. They go dormant during the summer heat.

Lichens are everywhere in our environment, but few of us know, or perhaps care, much about them. But like all of Mother Nature’s bounty, they have a fascinating story to tell.

What makes lichens unique is that they are a symbionts – sort of the Borgs of the plant kingdom. The fungal part of the association primarily falls to one of the species of ascomycetes, or cup fungi. The algal part of the symbiosis relies on just two species that are found in 70 percent of all lichens.

The algae function in photosynthesis and sometimes nitrogen fixation, while the fungus provides structure and support for the algae. These species have evolved to the point that they cannot live without their partner. Being somewhat prudish, they don’t have sex but reproduce vegetatively.

Paint Shop Pro Photo 12.01
10/2500 sec
F-Stop: f/2.8
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 5.1 mm
Date Taken: 2009-12-29 13:45
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 207 kb

PaulH, CeltickRanger, tuslaw, pankajbajpai, siggi, matatur, nglen, uleko has marked this note useful
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-12-29 13:42]

Howdy Bob, my neighbour today :o)
Despite the danged cold, you still managed to produce an image of great interest and sublte beauty. Lovely details and subdued colours. All the best to you and yours for 2010.

hello Bob

you obtained an beautiful photo of full of graphics with the lichens,
with fine POV, focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6479 W: 89 N: 15611] (65309)
  • [2009-12-29 15:21]

Hi Bob,you art to compose fantastics peintures from the nature is impressive! What a beautiful work my friend,a top class shot whit a highest quality as possible.My best compliments,i'm happy to see you again in full time on TN! Have a good night,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-29 20:29]

Hello Bob,
I must say you have definitely gotten a keen eye in order to spot the heart. I probably wouldn't have spotted it if you hadn't mentioned it.
Love the different textures, patterns and colors shown in this detailed image.
The snow started to melt a little today, but I hear there is more coming in the forcast. Wishing you and your family a "Happy New Year"

hello bob,
it has been a long time since we shared critiques, though i am not active but i still remeber you and your work quite often, i wish you and your family a very happy new year 2010. i saw the you tube clip too.
this is a nice capture of the lichens, the colours look natural and the texture looks beautiful, pleasing composition,
get well soon,
tfs & regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-29 23:52]

Hello Bob,
lovely composition like an abstract painting with great colors, beautiful presentation,
BNest regards Siggi

A finely formed lichen in the general form of a polar bear! which shows us that living things are almost everywhere, even in the midst of winter cold Bob, and sometimes it is in our minds. Your two dimensional close up study is full of colours my friend, besides displaying the living nature.
Wish you a happy and healthy New Year MF.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-30 12:07]

Hi Bob. Firstly i must say i have lernt something about lichen from your notes so thanks for that. I know what mean about a few extra pounds i think mine has gone past pounds !!. You have taken a fine picture of this colourful lichen .with good detail . TFS.

A very Happy New Year to you and your family my friend.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-30 12:22]

Hello Bob,
I'm glad you discovered this beautiful 'heart' lichen and got a very nice image to show us! It is certainly true that when everything else in nature seems dead in autumn/winter there are always lichens of all sorts to admire! You may remember that I'm fond of them! Very well done and I hope you keep moving, that's supposed to bethe best medicine!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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