(2nd in a series of 3)
As a child, exploring through the woods, I was always interested by the abundance of life, from the large old oak trees and towering pines, to the smallest bushes, and the wild animals, squirrels chattering at you as you passed under them… But in shady nooks and crannies of the forest were always little worlds, that fascinated me most of all.
These damp patches would usually have an abundance of moss, from the soft velvety greens, to “reindeer” moss. In these little bright patches of green, we’d often see little “growths” of things that just looked almost alien to this world…. Things we might expect to see if we were exploring another world. I think this is a form of a lichen.
It looks large in this photograph, but keep in mind that the brown in the foreground is just ordinary smallish leaves that cover the forest floor, fallen from a mixed hardwood forest.
These lichens are in the cladonia family but not sure exactly what species.