Likin’ the Lichen

I have had a bit of a love for lichen since I can remember.  I actually have a science background and they are fascinating symbiotic life forms, a phrase which I know  you might be tempted to use in other contexts, but you must resist! 

My father studied them as well, apparently.  Perhaps I don’t remember and maybe he drew my attention to them?  In any case, they are a good lesson in being attentive.  I continue to believe that people who do creative things are  people who notice, and once noticed, the humble lichen kinda gets into you.  (but that could just be me?)  I have a Pinterest board of them and they deserve a wee celebration in my opinion so here is some lichen eye-candy from my travels!

  
  
  
You see, you are just a bit smitten now, admit it.

Anyway, on setting eyes upon some bits of dyed fabric and an old crocheted thingy, I thought they might be transformed into something ‘licheny’.   I am in the middle of a bit of something, and boosted by the lack of surprised looks or comments that what I was doing looked ‘interesting’ at our guild yesterday, I’m prepared to show you what could be the start of something exploring these treasures.  I’m already thinking transfer printing and soldering irons for the frilly ones… I’m sure this is nothing new but what I feel is important is that it’s new for me.  Finding the ‘extrordinay in the ordinary’ is always wonderful.  

Next time you are out, look down, look in, but be careful, they might get you!
  
  

P.s. I’ve updated a few photos in the galleries 

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8 thoughts on “Likin’ the Lichen

  1. It’s good advice – to look closely! The lichen on the roofs I can see right now is associated with the position of tv aerials that birds use as perches – so it might be as well to look up sometimes too!;-)

  2. I love the lichen too – I have numerous pics – I think your camera is better than mine though!! – (something to review at a later date) – I am always amazed at what lies beneath and in those strange patterns on rocks and trees _ will enjoy watching your progress x

  3. I am so fortunate to have my own front-yard crop, clinging to particular shrubs in my garden. They have fascinated me so, that one day, I picked up a fallen branch, lichen-laden and displayed on my dining table like a magnificent sculpture, until my husband gave me one of those “surprised looks” and asked me when I would be done admiring it. Still have lots to notice and enjoy.

    1. Yes, our men don’t quite get us sometimes, but I’m with you – what better sculpture could there be? However, mine did once go and get me a whole tree stump I saw out on a walk. He took it home as a surprise for me before we were married and sprayed it with bug spray…huge mistake! His spare room was crawling!
      We still have it, nice and aged in the garden.

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