Winter colors

December 27th, 2013, 1pm

It was -1.1°C. The breeze was light.

The fierce flame-colored lichen cling to every trunk on the hillside. We’ve crunched through stands and forests of the scraggly little Dr. Seuss trees and I still can’t identify them, but I’m less interested in the host - it’s the fire-bright tree dwellers that keep catching my eye.

Lichens are a symbiosis between a fungus and an alga or a cyanobacteria. They don’t harm the trees they live on, they’re not parasitic. They’re decoration, frosting, a complement.

David Wade, Lora, Lia and Cassie said thanks.

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Jess Hutton

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