Montana Outdoors

March 3, 2018

Colorful lichens

Filed under: Lichens — Tags: — montucky @ 9:08 pm

Today while loitering among the rocks on a nearly vertical cliffy area with a southern exposure (the only place around not still covered with snow), I could see a variety of tiny lichen colonies and was struck by the variety and sometimes the intensity of their individual colors. I wish I understood the purpose of those colors if indeed there is one.

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January 31, 2016

Decorated glass

Either I have not seen lichens growing on glass before or just not noticed them, but today an old bottle caught my eye. It not only is nicely decorated with lichen, but there are two different kinds of them on it. I wonder if perhaps there may be a little greenhouse heating effect inside the bottle, making the glass a little warmer than the surrounding air because the lichens seem to be extraordinarily robust. (The decorated bottle was so pretty that I wanted to take it home, but I certainly couldn’t destroy their little world.)

lichen on bottle

lichen on bottle

lichen on bottle

Nearby there frost crystals on some barberry leaves, but I saw no frost on the bottle.

frost crystal

February 23, 2015

The third rapids & more lichens

Filed under: Lichens, Winter — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 10:11 pm

On the Clark Fork River, a half mile down stream from where I live there are two sets of rapids visible from the highway, much admired and often fished and photographed. A mile down stream from them is a third set of rapids but not visible and hardly known, but it can be reached by a mile hike through a section of state land from the far side of the river. I enjoy fishing there and visit at other times of the year also to enjoy the scenery and wildlife.

Today the temperature was about 20ºF and an icy breeze was blowing down river, but the sky was clear and it was pretty down at the third rapids

Near third rapids

Clark Fork river

Clark Fork river

but what I found most interesting was the variety of lichens ( most of which I could not identify) growing on some exposed rocks and trees.

Green map ~ Rhizocarpon geographicum?

Green map ~ Rhizocarpon geographicum?

Green map ~ Rhizocarpon geographicum?

Green map ~ Rhizocarpon geographicum?

Unidentified lichen

Unidentified lichen

Unidentified lichen

Unidentified lichen

Unidentified lichen

Unidentified lichen

Unidentified lichen

Unidentified lichen

Unidentified lichen

And a few photos of one I recognize, Brown-eyed Sunshine ~ Vulpicida canadensis.

Brown-eyed Sunshine ~ Vulpicida canadensis

Brown-eyed Sunshine ~ Vulpicida canadensis

Brown-eyed Sunshine ~ Vulpicida canadensis

Brown-eyed Sunshine ~ Vulpicida canadensis

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