Lost Worlds II by James Wheeler

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(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.


  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...almost 4 years ago

    Wow…I have no idea how I’ve missed this before…what an outstanding image of these lichens and moss!

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  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...almost 4 years ago

    BTW…these are called British Soldiers for their flashy red ‘hats’…..definately a lichen and a fungus!

  • Jeff Stroud
    Jeff Stroudalmost 4 years ago

    Very nice find, great shot! Congratulations on your feature!

  • fezoj64
    fezoj64almost 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture of this beautiful mushrooms .
    Congratulations on your feature! ..Jozef

  • relayer51
    relayer51almost 4 years ago

    Great Spot James, congrats on your feature. You not alone with your interest in those hidden little places full of of life. There is so much unseen in the woods. kind regards, mark.

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