Burst Of Sunshine

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Although the cluster of lichen you see here is smaller then the tip of your pinky finger………it sure packs a lot of beauty once it’s hydrated with rain water.
I’m still so new to the introduction of lichens, which are considered fungi, that I find it extremely difficult to find identifying the different species incredibly difficult.
From what I understand so far…even EXPERTS find it difficult to ID them unless they have chemicals to test with.
At a recent meeting with an expert from Kansas University, my mycology group learned that world-wide? There’s over 6000 identified lichens……….but guess how many books with photos and keys to identifying these lichens there are? LESS then 100 published in the past 20 years!
I have one little book with 152 pages, that’s including index and glossary, that I’ve been using for minor help. I can’t afford the more advanced books which can cost in the $100’s.
Crazy world eh?
The lovely yellow burst here is a type of ‘sunburst’ lichen (I think) and the gray patterned lichen is a variety of Rosette (Physcia).
Please don’t quote me here…I don’t have the lab or chemicals to ID these amazing life-forms…but hopefully you can share my fascination and joy at seeing these the way I do?
NE Kansas 10/7/10

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