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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-27
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Olympus C-50 Zoom
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lichen, FUNGI, MUSHROOMS, LICHEN - WORLD WIDE [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-28 16:21
Viewed: 4762
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Letharia vulpina

We went for a hike in the mountains and came across this beautiful lime green Lichen. I thought the colour was so nice against the old grey tree stump.

I found out that this variety of Lichen can grow up to 8 cm tall and is found in Alberta, B.C. to Colorado.

The natives used the Wolf Lichen to make dye for clothes, fur, moccasins, feathers, wood including face paint.

The Letharia species contain a toxic acid and is very poisonous.

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To bobair: Lichen your lichenlovenature 1 01-30 21:53
To BillyGoat: Wolf Lichenlovenature 1 01-28 21:09
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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-28 17:05]

Hi Janice,
Thanks you saved me some research, I have been meaning to find out more on this lichen. I too find it eye catching.
You have captured it well in this detailed and colorful photo.

We have that species of lichen out here too Janice. Try cranking up the colour balance a bit to get the blue cast out of the log; which in turn would also bump up the greens a bit at the same time. Unfortunately I'm not on my main PC right now, or else I'd try a WS on it.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-29 3:43]

Hello Janice,
Very nice close up.Well seen and composed.POV,details and framing are wonderful.Excellent work!

Hello Janice,

Excllent work, great colors bg POv DOF perfect details very crispnicly composed and capture photo excllent work

TFS Kyle

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-29 18:32]
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Hi Janice

As you said so yourself, this lime green lichen showed off well against the grey trunk and it made it stand out rather well. Your shortish but potent (sorry for the pun) notes informs us well about the toxic qualities and other uses of this fungi.

Great colours and excellent details make your subject look even more impressive in this interesting composition. The exposure was also handled very well. Since I have not seen this lichen myself, I do not know what the natural colour tone should be, but it seems like Tim (BillyGoat) did a good job with his workshop to optimise the colour balance and doing justice to your fine shot.

Good work and TFS.

Hi Janice,
I lichen your lichen shot.The texture of these primitive plants has always caught my eye even when I was child.The limy green is very mellow looking ,almost florescent and it contrasts well against the tree bark.Tim's (BillyGoat) critique reflects what I was thinking as well.Nice composition and thank you for posting it. Bob

I have to agree with Rick abt the ID of this lichen. Nice detail on this shot Janice. I was gonna comment on the blue hue, and ready a workshoppe to do ;) But I see that BillyGoat did a swell job!

One final pointy -= to Loot =- I believe calling lichens fungi is not correct, or is only half the story...

""Lichens are symbiotic associations of a fungus with a photosynthetic partner (called a photobiont or phycobiont) that can produce food for the lichen from sunlight. ""

So whereas a fungus is part of the equation it is but part of the whole association called lichen. Lichens come in amazing forms!

Try this for an additional link...

Hope this helps, J.

Hi Janice, so that's what that is. I too saw, liked and shot this one, but I never knew what it was. You have an excellent background for this one with the grey stump. It provides an excellent contrast for the lichen.

Now reading your note, I'm not sure if it is the same thing. I shot mine in Ontario. If they're not the same then they are closely related.

Thanks, John

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-22 17:32]

Janice, I like colors a lot, as well as lighting.

Maybe, I'd add a little bit of sharpness, but it's just an opinion.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-23 22:40]

Hello Janice

I noticed the range is mostly midwest to west,I have never seen this lichen in my area,so thanks for introducing it to me.Very nicely photographed,with good focus and sharp details..TFS


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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-05-16 15:46]

HI Janice!
Very interesting contrast of colors,nice macro and composition,I just read an article about this in old Nat.geographic!TFS!

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