An Interesting Stick

Our weather finally turned off nice for a change, and I found myself picking up sticks in the yard.

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 I picked up a stick under the sweet gum tree and found two surprises underneath — a small shelf fungi and a slug. The shelf fungi was so small I couldn’t see if the underneath side was smooth or had pores.

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There was no shortage of lichens on the fallen wood. My Missouri book “Walk Softly Upon the Earth” calls this a blister lichen (Physcia stellaris). My “Lichens of the North Woods” book calls it a star rosette lichen.

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Then I found these yellow-green lichens.

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It looked like they’re more yellow when they were young. The black had me confused, because it looked more like a crust than like the top of the smooth black ones above.

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I do get frustrated at times when I’m trying to identify a find and can’t.

For me it’s more of a matter of learning to see, find and enjoy.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. It’s amazing how much you can find growing on fallen tree limbs. That’s one of my favorite places to look in the winter. I’ve never seen that second lichen or one that even looked like it.

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  2. Such beautiful patterns they create.

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