Contrast is the best way I can describe the Maine weather, lately. Yesterday was warm enough to run around without a coat. But today the wind was whipping requiring scarf and mittens. This contrast got me to thinking about lichen. Yes, my mind goes to strange places sometimes! You may or may not be aware of the fact that lichen is a combination of fungus and algae. Two contrasting forms of life together creating what seems to be one thing. Rather it is a co-creation of an existence. A beautiful one at that.
The photos here are of a 20 year old stump in one of my flower gardens. I left the stump there on purpose to see what nature would bring. I was rewarded by the act of looking. All the hues around here now are of browns, grays, and fading greens...except for this one stump. A closer look revealed a Lilliputian garden of crimson. Some contrasts are bold and hard to ignore while other require a closer look.
Well, when my mind wonders...poetry is the next thing on the agenda. So I Googled "Lichen Poetry" and this lovely site had these and many more offerings. http://hellopoetry.com/words/lichen/