lichen

lichenAfter making this picture I felt inspired to research lichen ~ I wondered if it was bad for a tree, particularly because this branch appeared to have endured quite a bit of wear.  So it was nice to read lichen is a fungus that’s an important winter food for reindeer, is historically a natural textile dye for achieving soft and gentle colors ~ it even detects air pollution.  A multi-tasking sort of fungus, and here I was just enjoying its pretty golden hue!

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