This photo was taken on the Drakensberg escarpment in Mpumalanga at God’s Window.(South Africa)
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Usnea is the generic and scientific name for several species of lichen in the family Parmeliaceae, that generally grow hanging from tree branches, resembling grey or greenish hair. It is sometimes referred to commonly as Old Man’s Beard, Beard Lichen, or Treemoss.
Usnea looks very similar to Spanish moss, so much so that the latter plant’s Latin name is derived from it (Tillandsia usneoides, the ‘Usnea-like Tillandsia’).
Usnea grows all over the world. Like other lichens it is a symbiosis of a fungus and an alga. The fungus belongs to the division Ascomycota, while the alga is a member of the division Chlorophyta
OUMANSBAARD in Afrikaans!
Just one look down and you will begin to understand why it is called “God’s Window”.
With magnificent views, canyons, rock formations and waterfalls, God’s Window is truly an area of breathtaking scenic splendour. It is no wonder that Mpumalanga is known as Paradise Country!
Canon PowerShot S51S
PHOTOGRAPHY: Nature
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27 June 2012.

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  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 3 years ago

    Wow, what a capture Liz! I can just imagine the drop down there, awesome!

  • Thanks Maree! It is an unforgetable and wonderful sight! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Pieta Pieterse
    Pieta Pieterseover 3 years ago

    Interessant en leersaam! Mooi foto Laaiza!

  • Baie dankie Pieta, so tipies Oos-Transvaals, maak mens mos altoos slimmer! ;-))

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    2 DAY ! 2011/07/18

    Welgedann!

  • Dankie baie!! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago


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  • A lovely surprise early in the morning….thanks so very much Magaret!

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