Lichen

Did you know that Beatrix Potter used to be a mycologist (mushroom scientist) before she was a children’s author. And it was she who discovered that lichen is a symbiotic relationship between lichen and algae? If you find some old mycology books (there is one at the University of Alberta), you might find her beautiful drawings of mushrooms and lichen. You’ll recognise her style.

I too have always been fascinated by the minitature. I have a degree in microbiology – and although I have not used it professionally, I am fascinated by the natural world.

These lichen grow all over the deck at the lake cabin. I have always meant to photograph them. They look like little worlds – something out of a Dr. Suess book – and this year, I finally got around to it (mostly because my husband brought the macro lenses, which I always forget.)

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