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This was a misty foggy day. As I was strolling near the lake with my camera in hand, I came to notice this bare oak tree with the rhythm of a dancer in its body. It intrigued me with its shape, feature and moss covered trunk. As if it is giving me some kind of invitation to go between its two big branches and enter another portal. The mist, fog and the forest was so magical! And it was me, the only human being in that whole magical place. Some birds were there, but as I stood there as if every sound had vanished.
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An exerpt from, Lichens and Oaks: A Deep Partnership
By Stephen Sharnoff...
Have you ever wondered what all that "stuff" was on the trees
and rocks? Without a name or a concept, it just seems to be
part of the texture of things. Learning to recognize lichen as
distinct life forms, and being able to distinguish one from the
other, will enlarge your understanding of the complexity of a
rock surface or the texture of an oak tree.
Looking at oaks, especially on a damp day, you might see
delicate patches of green, gray, or even bright orange on the
trunks and branches, or you might see pale green strands
hanging down from the twigs. If you look closely, you might also
see tiny round dots in a variety of colors. Most often these will
be some kind of lichen, one of the most decorative, but poorly
understood, elements in the landscape.
California has a diversity of habitats, and oak trees are a big
part of many of them. Everywhere that oaks live, a varied
community of lichens grows on them, from the moist coastal
forests of the northwest to the dry southern mountains. On a
recent visit to the Los Osos Oaks Reserve in San Luis Obispo
County, a forest of ancient live oaks, the abundance and
diversity of lichens covering the trunks and branches was
striking. Even though there are some pioneer species, lichens
are mostly associated with old-growth forests, and relatively
undisturbed ecosystems. They are a big part of why old forests
January 27th, 2013
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