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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lichen


Devil's Orchard Trail


One of the walks the signs focused on the lichen growing.  Being that
lichen gets it's nutrients from the atmosphere this is a good barometer of
the air quality.  Well the lichen isn't doing so good of late.  There used
to be a lot more back in the 50's.  As remote as Craters of the Moon is
the air quality is still bad enough to affect the lichen.


A bench, some shade, I'll take that. 
 I sat there thinking sad lichen thoughts.

I continued on my way and this little butterfly made me think of better things.


Then towards the end of the walk I notice where a little bunny left his
mark in the fresh cement soon after it was poured.  
And I was smiling again.


5 comments:

  1. According to Mr.Trump it is all fake news. There is no climate problem. Probably not on his golf fields, maybe he should take a walk in the mountains....

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  2. sad lichen thoughts...

    I did not know that. I have never heard of lichens until now, but I feel a sense of kinship. It's funny that they get their nutrients from the atmosphere around them, just like us. Thank God for butterflies and bunnies.

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  3. I looked up lichens via the all-knowing internet. Well, it's a very complicated organism of algae living in a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship with fungi. Fascinating.

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  4. Sobering to see the lichen struggling out in the wilderness. I do like your bunny prints!

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  5. According to Mr.Trump it is all fake news. There is no climate problem. Probably not on his golf fields, maybe he should take a walk in the mountains....

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