January 15, 2020

Life in the 'Dead' of Winter

fungi and lichens 1

mosses 2

lichens

fungi and lichens 2

mosses and lichens 2

mosses and lichens 1

fungi and lichens 3

mosses 1

the works

36 comments:

  1. If you were brave, are some of those edible?

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    1. Yes, I believe the jelly fungus (the brownish/purpleish one) and the turkey tails are edible but not very palatable. But I am not a fungi expert, so I can't say for sure.

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  2. Winter certainly doesn't look dead to me. What wonderful colors and textures.

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    1. It's always fun to find these things, but especially in winter. Now they're covered in snow, but that will melt again soon.

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    1. Right? I'm enjoying this mild winter. Are you, Lynne?

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  4. I love lichen! It's not something I think I've ever seen in my "neck of the woods."

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  5. Those are all great shots, Beth. I love the architectural nature of the lichen in both color and form.

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    1. Thank you, Tina. The lichens are fascinating if you look closely, aren't they?

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  6. We don't get much in my area... But I love the lime green moss during Autumn. They look pretty. Beautiful captures.

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    1. Thank you. I find them all so fascinating. When the ice and snow start receding, they're very pretty, too.

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  7. I love looking for fungi, mosses and lichen but get so frustrated because I can't name them, going to enjoy finding them this year and not worry to much about what they are called.. lovely photos and Happy New Year.

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    1. I know what you mean. I did a little research about all of these, but I'm not an expert and I don't feel confident in my IDs. But that doesn't mean I appreciate them any less. Enjoy your finds, too, Amanda. Happy New Year!

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  8. The nature is extraordinary, beautiful photos.
    I especially loved the first picture.
    Have a wonderful year.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, nature is amazing and beautiful--in all its forms! Happy New Year!

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  9. You need to check out the Facebook group called Lichens, Mosses, Ferns and Fungi. They post incredible images from around the country and the world. Your post today would fit right in!

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    1. OK, I'll check it out Linda, thanks! I imagine many of these are common in your property, too?

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  10. Wow, you've assembled quite the colorful selection there.

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  11. I'd like to know how these fungi, moss, and lichens avoid going dormant through the winter. Nice shots.

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    1. I know, it's amazing. I think some of them kind of dry up, but then start sprouting again quickly when the weather warms up to around freezing.

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  12. Beautiful photographs! I shiver in my boots, but lots of the plants are far from dead in the winter. Some of them thrive and can't live in warmer climates. Let's face it we are wimps by comparison to these plants!

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    1. Thank you. Yes, we are wimps, for sure. The life that lives in our cold climates amazes me.

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  13. Beautiful shots of fungi and lichens, Beth. P.x

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    1. Thanks, Pam. They are so beautiful, it's easy to appreciate them if we take time to notice, right?

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  14. There is a lot out there if we just take time to look for it!
    Great photos!

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    1. Totally agree, Lea. And if it's not too cold to freeze off our fingers as we take the pictures. These were taken during a mild stretch in January before we had snow. But every mild day I try to observe these guys. ;-)

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  15. OMG, I didn't realize you did a moss post too! You've got some really cool ones that I've never seen. I love your photos.

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    1. Thanks, Grace. Your moss post was awesome, too! Back at ya!

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  16. Great pictures! I love all these winter wonders that are so easily overlooked!

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    1. Thanks, Deb. Usually it's too cold for me to enjoy winter photography, but this winter has been pretty mild.

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