Wednesday 10 August 2016

Lichens of Mt. Lucille

    The upper parts of Mt. Lucille are rock.  You have to carefully traverse over rip-rap, and rockslides, so you have to keep your eyes on what you are stepping on.  As a result you see a lot of lichen on the aging rock as you travel.  Lichen are about the only life form that are tough enough to live on the extreme conditions of dry, nutrient poor, and cold, found on the surface of rock in the alpine.  Here are some photos of a few that I found interesting.  The one above reminded me of native petroglyphs or maybe eyes. 


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