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Macrophotography / Microphotography of Lichen; 67 Macrophotographic Images of Lichen

By clicking on this picture and viewing the larger image, you will be observing a truly magical image of nature at it's finest!

By clicking on this picture and viewing the larger image, you will be observing a truly magical image of nature at it's finest!

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By clicking on the picture and viewing the larger image, you are able to observe strands of what appears to be spider webs.

By clicking on the picture and viewing the larger image, you are able to observe strands of what appears to be spider webs.


Through the macrophotography of lichen, we will journey into a magical kingdom that the woodland fairies secretly inhabit. We will be viewing their world much closer than usual and will be intrigued by the beauty that continuously lays at their feet. Macrophotography makes this possible for us mere humans.


Layers of this colorful lichen would create a fabulous gown for the fairy queen.

Layers of this colorful lichen would create a fabulous gown for the fairy queen.

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You will journey through a world padded with the color and texture of lichen. You will be able to view this world up close and personal through the magic of macrophotography which brings tiny details into amazing focus.


Lichen is a very interesting subject - not quite fungus and not quite algae. Instead, the two organisms are layered together in a symbiotic relationship that benefits both.


Macrophotography will allow you to discover remarkable features about the lichen that you would not otherwise have been able to see with the naked eye. And you can take as long as you want searching for a fairy who might have been caught peering out just as the photography snapped the shot.


So come and take a magical journey through the macrophotographic world of the intriguing lichen.


(Note: Clicking on most images will allow you to view a larger version of that image.)


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These lichen appear frosty although they are not. Notice all the different textures including the hairy stems.

These lichen appear frosty although they are not. Notice all the different textures including the hairy stems.

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The lichen seems to stand proudly erect as if guarding the entrance to a kingdom just out of sight. A truly magical sight.

The lichen seems to stand proudly erect as if guarding the entrance to a kingdom just out of sight. A truly magical sight.

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Through the macrophotography of lichen, we have traveled into an amazing and magical world of beauty and have viewed lichen from a whole different perspective - one of exquisite splendor. Many times we overlook these small delicate fungi, never realizing the simple beauty of their world. Through the use of macrophotography, we moved in for a closer look and were surprised to find a kingdom we never knew existed.

If you are interested in learning more about what makes lichen what it is, visit What is Lichen?


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This looks almost alien! Rhizocarpon geographicum which is a fluorescent yellow lichen in bright light changing colour to greenish-yellow to Fluorescent green as the light fades.

This looks almost alien! Rhizocarpon geographicum which is a fluorescent yellow lichen in bright light changing colour to greenish-yellow to Fluorescent green as the light fades.

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Lichen and Moss - a great contrast in textures!

Lichen and Moss - a great contrast in textures!

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Comments: "Macrophotography of Lichen; 67 Macrophotographic Images of Lichen"

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 31, 2012:

Nell Rose - Thank you so much for stopping by. I truly love the beauty of nature, and for me, this is one of the most fascinating. Thanks so much for sharing the beauty with me.

Nell Rose from England on January 31, 2012:

Fascinating subject and the photos were amazing, we don't stop to look at such beauty every day, especially on such a small scale, truly amazing!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 22, 2012:

Eddy - So glad you enjoyed this. I enjoyed compiling all the wonderful photos. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Eiddwen from Wales on January 19, 2012:

Amazing and has to be voted up.

I truly loved this one; so interesting and I have learnt so much.

Take care and enjoy your day my friend.

Eddy.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 27, 2011:

Colin-47 - I am pleased you enjoyed it. Thanks!

Colin-47 on December 27, 2011:

A very interesting series, a great collection.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 26, 2011:

Rosemay50 - I am pleased that you enjoyed the hub. I just love lichen, and the macrophotography lets me get that much closer to the finer details. Thanks so much. It is good to see that you are still here.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on December 25, 2011:

A well put together hub as usual. You have included some wonderful images on a fascinating subject.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 21, 2011:

Thanks, Gail! I really do like looking through the pictures as long as I am not trying to get a hub done every day. I think some days I just need to relax a little. I haven't given myself permission for that lately.

Thanks so much!

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on December 21, 2011:

I definitely appreciated the time it must have taken to put this hub together but the end results were stunning.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 21, 2011:

Gail - I am glad that you enjoyed the pictures in this hub. It is amazing how many images you have to go through to find this many pictures to use. And once you start looking, it is hard to stop. I keep hoping I will find and even better one.

Thanks so much. Have a blessed Christmas.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 21, 2011:

Madcaravanner - I am pleased that you enjoyed the images. I wish I had taken them but I didn't. If you click on the link below each image it will take you to the information about the image. Maybe it might have the information that you are looking for. I am not that much of a photographer that I would be able to help you.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will find the information that you are looking for at the photographer pages with flickr.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 21, 2011:

anndavis25 - I'm glad you like'n the lichen. It really was pretty. If you want to know more about lichen, be sure and check out davenmidtown's hub I have given the link to. It is very interesting.

Thanks so much for visiting.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on December 21, 2011:

What a cool hub. This truly was a magical journey. Thanks for sharing these images. Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

Graham Wilson from North Derbyshire, UK on December 21, 2011:

There is some fantastic images but it would be good to know what you used to capture each image it's exposure how you lit it and all the little tweaks you had to do to get such perfection

anndavis25 from Clearwater, Fl. on December 21, 2011:

I'm like'n the lichen. Pun intended.

Very beautiful display, and very interesting hub.

up and awesome!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 20, 2011:

DzyMsLizzy - first of all, I did not groan, I chuckled then smiled, so thanks so much for sharing. I took a Lichen to your joke as well. Now you can groan!

I'm glad you were able to stop and take a macrophotographic journey through the world of lichen.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on December 20, 2011:

Great photos, and very interesting.

Lichen is a symbiosis between fungus and algae.

Now, I am very sorry, but I cannot resist submitting a horrible pun, first heard in my college earth science class. To quote the instructor, (who was famous for bad puns):

"Freddie Fungus was a great builder and had a wonderful house, but he was often hungry because he wasn't such a good cook. Then, he met Annie Algae, who was an awesome cook but who was homeless. It was a perfect match, so you see, Freddie Fungus and Annie Algae took a Lichen to each other. "

(I know--groaaannn....)

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 20, 2011:

davenmidtown - once again, thanks for the valuable information. I would imagine also that people who have allergies to fungus would have some problems also.

Thanks so much.

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on December 20, 2011:

Caribou migrate through the frozen tundra and there is nothing for them to eat there but lichen. Most animals who are not used to eating lichen can not digest very much of it without special enzymes that is found in their intestines. If you or I were lost in the wilderness we could live for a short while on lichen it is low protein and high carbohydrate which works well for the caribou who need the energy. Lichen may also be a source of trapped moisture in those colder regions.

Lichen is a fungus...or rather is half fungus and mushrooms are fungi too. Not all mushrooms are eatable and some are quite deadly. Wolfs lichen is very poison.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 20, 2011:

davenmidtown - that is truly fascinating information. Is some of the lichen just plain poisonous, or is it made poisonous because of the things that it absorbs from its environment?

I did not know that caribou ate that much lichen, but it makes sense, since not much could grow in that cold environment.

Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge in this area!

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on December 20, 2011:

TajSingh... there are cultures who eat lichen; and lichen makes a meal if one is lost in the wilderness. Some lichen are poison and as a supplement I would not advise eating lichen at all. Lichen absorb pollution and they pass that pollution along to those organisms that eat it. Caribou are dependent upon lichen as a winter source of food but caribou meat is often tainted and contains higher percentages of mercury and sometimes radioactive pollutants and heavy metals.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 20, 2011:

TajSingh - I am thrilled that you enjoyed the pictures, and that you appreciated the detail of the macrophotography. I have never heard of anyone eating lichen, but I know that people eat algae. The lichen is so small, and I would think tough, that it would take a lot of harvesting to get enough. Interesting thought. I wonder if you can remember which culture. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 20, 2011:

davenmidtown - I am pleased that you enjoyed it. I know I certainly enjoyed your lichen hub, and have included a couple links to it. In fact, it was your hub that inspired this one, so many thanks to you.

Thanks for stopping by and for sharing. I'm hoping you have a truly blessed Christmas this year.

TajSingh from United Kingdom on December 20, 2011:

Hi these photos are very beautiful. The focus are great which shows a lot of detail for these organisms. I read somewhere that there are actually cultures that eat lichens.

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on December 20, 2011:

HBS: A very beautiful collection of lichen. I loved the lichens with the cynobacteria and the super colorful Christmas Lichen. Voted up and awesome and shared.