Posts Tagged ‘script lichen’

To The Woods …

We finally had a sunny day, so Buffy and I went to the woods at Stone Face.

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The caddisfly is a small moth-like insect. Their larvae collect whatever they can and bind it together for a protective case to grow in.  These were 1/4 inch long at the most. They will continue adding on until they’re full grown.

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Water movement and the resulting moving reflections always fascinate me.

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Every time I see these two trees, I wish they were in my backyard. Grandkids would have a lot of fun with them. Wildlife probably couldn’t resist them either.

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Corky warts on bark of a hackberry tree look like a city of futuristic buildings.

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I was unable to identify the shelf fungi. It had a smooth surface underneath.

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Obviously, this tree stood out! I have no idea what removed all the bark almost to the top of it. There were only a few small limbs at the top of the tree.

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The bark pieces at the base of the tree would’ve been only a small fraction of what was removed. It had to have been a determined mammal! This translates to a lot of bark removed and transported to ???

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Somehow this nondescript moss and script lichen caught my attention. Is the script lichen a messenger for the plant world?

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Eagle Mountain

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Buffy found plenty to keep herself busy on our hike along the creek on Eagle Mountain this morning.

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After “oohing” and “aahing” over the water and ice,

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I turned my attention to the lichens.

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The word miniscule was putting it mildly.

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 Pencil lines would be slightly wider than the lichen’s “lines.”

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 It grew on several  ironwood trees (Carpinus caroliniana) growing along the creek.

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 I was finally able to identify these online as a “script lichen”  (Graphis scripta).