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Lichen on moss

Lichen on moss
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Copyright: Jose Ramon Pato (JORAPAVI) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 677 W: 0 N: 629] (4643)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-14
Categories: Lichens
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM, Kenko ext. tubes 12+20+36mm
Exposure: f/32, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mysterious Order [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-04 3:58
Viewed: 7970
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Lichen on moss

Lichen: Cladonia sp.
Moss: Hypnum sp

Physical characteristics

Botanically, mosses are bryophytes, or non-vascular plants. They can be distinguished from the apparently similar liverworts (Marchantiophyta or Hepaticae) by their multi-cellular rhizoids. Other differences are not universal for all mosses and all liverworts, but the presence of clearly differentiated "stem" and "leaves", the lack of deeply lobed or segmented leaves, and the absence of leaves arranged in three ranks, all point to the plant being a moss.

In addition to lacking a vascular system, mosses have a gametophyte-dominant life cycle, i.e. the plant's cells are haploid for most of its life cycle. Sporophytes (i.e. the diploid body) are short-lived and dependent on the gametophyte. This is in contrast to the pattern exhibited by most "higher" plants and by most animals. In seed plants, for example, the haploid generation is represented by the pollen and the ovule, whilst the diploid generation is the familiar flowering plant.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-04 4:23]

Bonjour Jose,
Une image originale et très artistique de cette mousse aux formes très surprenantes. Tu nous montres la mousse comme on ne la perçoit pratiquement pas à l'oeil nu. Et l'image est d'une grand beauté!
Un grand merci

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-03-04 4:25]

Hello Jose,

Your close-up of the moss is very good as you have chosen a well adapted DOF. Plants are shown in a clear image so that good details can be observed.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Jose,
This is a very good shot,but you have something more than moss here.
The two objects protruding from the moss are part of a lichen of the family Cladoniaceae.
It is a very large family,with over 70 species in New Zealand alone.
You can see some similar ones here on Clive Shirleys site 'The Hidden Forest'
Of course,lichens are made up of two organisms,a fungi and either algae or cyanobacteria .... you might need to update your notes ;)
A very good shot indeed though.
Cheers & thanks for sharing.

hello Jose
great macro
beautiful sharpness
nice colours good light
great shot

The most beautiful and interesting lichen+moss photo I've ever seen Jose, the clarity of the high definition image is perfect my friend, TFS indeed!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-04 8:01]

Hello Jose Ramon,
What a special photo. The light is amazing, the colours splendid. Wonderful composition in good sharpness. Very nice DOF, POV and OOF BG.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-04 8:39]

Hola José Ramón,
Una estupenda macro de Cladonia y Hypnum espec. de marvelloso nitidez y fondo. La luz y composición son preciosas tambien.
Gracias por compartir este buon trabajo.
Un abrazo,

Hi Jose,
A nice capture of this beautiful moss and lichens. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-04 8:59]

Hola amigo,
preciosa y original macro,
detalles y buen colorido y foco...
saludos Jose.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-04 9:10]

Hola Jose Ramon.
Hace tiempo que no visito Tu galeria, y creo que me habia perdido mucho al no poder admirar las hermosas fotos que tienes en tu coleccion, son una joya de muchos quilates. Los macros de exelente calidad y nitidez, todos de hermosos colores y con un toque de exelencia que posees.
Este Liquen luce sus atributos de sobremanera gracias a la foto lograda aqui, pues muchas veces pasan desapercibidos ante nuestros ojos.
Gracias por Tus comentarios y criticas a mis fotos, son para mi de mucho valor.
Un saludo y un fuerte abrazo.

Hola Jose Ramon,
spettacolare super macro, splendida luce e grande nitidezza con ottimi dettagli, magnifici i colori luminosi e dalle bellissime tonalità di verde.
Saludos cordiales.

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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2009-03-04 9:41]

Hello Jose,
ı have never see a lichen like it before. like so much:)ıt is a great photo with details, colours.
Best regard

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-03-04 9:58]

Hola Jose,
this is an impressive and beautiful picture of the small lichens.
Light, colours and presented details are perfect. A nice 'journey' into the microworld!
Best wishes, Peter

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-04 10:12]

Hello Jose Ramon,
These are great. I love the shapes. Great low POV and fabulous DOF. Light and focus are great. Wonderful shot

Best regards Siggi

amazingly sharp and exciting pic, TFS Ori

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-04 11:52]

Hi Jose!

Fantastic photo from microcosmos. Very green and detailed, with perfect composition. Two lichens look like green binoculars or ears of Shrek :-)

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-04 12:54]

Hi Jose,
Lovely close up.Well seen and composed.Colors,3D effect and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-04 13:05]

Hi Jose. This is pure beauty which you have taken from a great low pOV/DOF. This is such a fine close up with sharp focusing and bright colours. I have never see a picture like this. very well done TFS.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-03-04 13:45]

Hola Jose,
This is a very nice macro, great POV and sharpness.. Well done


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-03-04 23:58]

Hola Jose Ramon,
Focus, sharpness, color tones, details, lighting, POV, shallow DOF and composition look very nice. Gracias y saludos amigo,

Hy Jose
I know that this lichens are quite small, not very easy to photograph them with a normal lens. I like the picture, in green colors, with great details in the lichens body!

I could never imagine Lichen could take such an interesting shape and that too growing on Moss, Jose.
This is a brilliant shot with those two identical cylinders of Lichen standing tall. The green ambience is another feature of this picture that makes it so very attractive.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-15 4:50]

Hi Jose.
Few times I photographed moss too. It is so difficult kind of shooting. First of all you have found an amazing specimen. And then you have created simply terrific shot. I am impressed with applied equipment and final result. Fantastic details and sharpness with huge DOF considering the size of the subject. Lights and colours are wonderful too. Bravo. Great job.

Hallo Jose
How beautiful is this image. Green upon green and so lovely to look at. The textures of the Lichen on the moss is captured with great clarity and detail. Altough the image is 99% green it is very eye-catching and soft on the eye. It does however remind me of Schrek's ears in some way. Thanks for sharing. Best regards. Anna

HiJose Ramon,
An superb macro of this vase-shaped lichens on moss from wonderful POV with neat details and delightful composition.
Enhorabuena. Buen fin de semana:)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-07-18 12:18]

Hello Jose,
A very fine macro of these fine Lichens appearing out of the mosses. An excellent composition showing sharp details and fine colours.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hola Jose Ramon !
What an unusual picture of something we do not see very often on TN ! The shape of these lichens and the green color are amazing, and so beautiful. Sharpness is excellent, details and textures are perfectly reproduced, the vertical composition is splendid, and all the different tones of green are very pleasant to the eye.
Agradecidos y saludos,

Hola José Ramçon,
buenas fiestas para tí también y feliz 2010... lo digo ya que nos cruzamos poco por aquí.
Interesante especie que desconozco a la vez que original en formas y colores.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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