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This is the 18th photo in the series on Rangitoto Island. Last one tomorrow…hurrah!!!
I found this lichen growing at sea level on the lava at Rangitoto Island. And I have to thank Clive / Fungiman for finding out the name of the lichen. Thanks Clive. He was a great help, and I can thoroughly recommend you visit his website: The Hidden Forest http://hiddenforest.co.nz
LICHEN: CLADINA CONFUSA
Very common on disturbed ground under Leptospermum – NZ’s Tea Tree. This appears in some older books as Cladina leptoclada and is known as a "reindeer moss".
Lichens are regarded as organisms in their own right and are given generic and species names. However, for taxonomic purposes the names are actually fungal names: lichens are regarded as a special group of fungi - the lichenised fungi.
There are an estimated 13,500 to 17,000 species of lichens, extending from the tropics to the polar regions. Some of them grow on the bark of temperate trees or as epiphytes on the leaves of trees in tropical rain forests. Others occupy some of the most inhospitable environments on earth, growing on cooled lava flows and bare rock surfaces, where they help in the process of soil formation, and on desert sands where they help to stabilise the surface and enrich it with nutrients.
Some other types of lichen grow abundantly on tundra soils, providing a vital winter food source for animals (including reindeer and caribou) in arctic and sub-arctic regions. Yet other lichens grow on or in the perennial leaves of some economically important tropical crop plants such as coffee, cacao and rubber, where they are regarded as parasites.
More notes from: http://helios.bto.ed.ca.uk
The Hidden Forest http://hiddenforest.co.nz
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- [2005-03-15 4:45]
Superb Janice! Little too tighta at bottom but overall very good. I like contrast between black volcanic rock and fragile lichen. It is very similiar to lichens which grow up near Joanna's father house in the forest. And I've noticed that you made very good frame for it :-)
Wondeful picture and very original. You did it great.
Yesterday I posted for you some fluffy snow wich you liked on the phots in e-mail :-)
- [2005-03-15 5:35]
Very interresting macro.Details,sharpness,DOF and note
- [2005-03-15 6:19]
Good note and nice picture. Sharp details and nice composition. TFS!
Great lichen pic Janice...and really good notes too.
I must go to sleep...goodnight.
Superb image.Sharpness,details and your informative note are
Hi Janice, after promoting my site like that I will have to say something besides thanks. Having seen the image befor post processing I thought it might have been sharpend a little to much. Never the less good POV and DOF
- [2005-03-29 10:21]
Janice, another artistic shot. Very nice colors and composition. The contrast works well.
All the textures of this are nice, the contrasts between the soft puffy looking fungi, and the black rock are great. Nice frame too, very interesting series of Rangitoto Island, thank you for sharing this lovely place.