Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Elegant Beauties or Low-Lives?





We often refer to moss and lichen and other such flora as being low on the rungs of life's ladder, bottom-feeders on the food chain, quite literally. After all, they really are forest floor scavengers. But they offer beauty and some of the finest design nature has to offer. To me, they are blossoms of another ilk, radiant blooms of symbiotic life that add spice, color and gesture to the living ground of the deep wood.

These are some samples that I've photographed in my wanderings in Northeast forests. I hope you will find them as interesting as I do. Maybe you'll even find them to be beautiful!

If you know their names and classifications, I'd love to hear from you on that. My last memory of learning science is of seventh grade biology class, and that won't help me here!

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16 comments:

  1. Lynda,

    They remind me of coral. Great photos.

    Lisa

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  2. I have to vote that they are elegant beauties, particularly the way in which you captured them! Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

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  3. thanks for your kind commetn on my blog. your photos are beautiful, I especially like this series

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  4. That's beautiful, Imagine that color and intricacy hidden away under the water. Such lengths you have to go to reveal it.

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  5. Lovely shots, Lynda - they're so much like coral.

    Cheers

    David

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  6. When we are out in the fields and woods, the moss, fungus, lichen never fail to catch my attention. So hardy and so fragile at the same time.

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  7. Thanks, Lisa! Glad you stopped by!

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  8. Hi Cindy, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'm so happy we met on the net. I'm anxious to read your new post...

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  9. Thank you, Fossfor. I love finding the design in nature!

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  10. Hi Brent. Only by taking these photographs and really LOOKING at lichen and fungus, have I discovered their beauty!

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  11. Glorious Hats,

    Good point: they are both hardy and fragile. Sounds like you enjoy the woods a lot, as I do! See you at WWAO...

    -Lynda

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  12. Beautiful shots! never thought of them this way.

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  13. I agree with Cindy - you make them beautiful!

    Too funny about our posts!

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  14. KML, I guess we just think alike!!!

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  15. Bob, you make the skies beautiful for us! I look down, you look up. Actually, I look up a lot too, at the trees and the moon....

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  16. Wonderful work Lynda! You have a wonderful eye for amazing Nature! Thank you for sharing the beauty of your photo's with us!
    *HUGS*

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