Ancient lichens found growing on a glacial boulder deposited along the shoreline of Hudson Bay created a modern abstract with the application of a camera lens. To my eye this bears an uncanny resemblance to Australian Aboriginal art. Mother Nature once again proves herself to be a talented artist.
In the Arctic, lichens grow at very slow rates. Polar bear, caribou, fox and the occasional human tread on these ancient living organisms, many of the very lichens you see being well over a thousand years old!
Lichens are the product of algae and fungi living in a symbiotic relationshiop. I was taught this easy explanation for this symbiosis long ago. “Once there was a fine carpenter named Freddy Fungus, and he could build a home using any material. But Freddy was helpless when it came to feeding himself, because he couldn’t cook. Then along came chef Alice Algae, who could whip up fabulous food right out of thin air. But alas, Alice needed a home. When Freddy and Alice met they took an immediate ‘lichen’ to each other. And although their marriage was sometimes on the ‘rocks,’ they lived symbiotically ever after.” (Durango Nature Studies)
Sub-Arctic Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada
July 11, 2009
Canon 50D, Tamron 28-75mm lens, handheld, shutter 1/400, f/7.1, exposure bias -0.33, ISO 200.
Abstract Nature’s Macro Art
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