E.J.Wilkins

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Lichen

I like lichens, they fascinate me. I seem to take loads and loads of pictures of them, yet I've never yet shared one. So, here's the first of those that will appear from time to time.

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Lichen

I like lichens, they fascinate me. I seem to take loads and loads of pictures of them, yet I've never yet shared one. So, here's the first of those that will appear from time to time.

.....

If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy
.

comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand.
  • 24 Mar 2007, 01:32
I also like lichen, and have lots of pictures of them in my unshared archives. This really excellent picture shows it off well.
EJWilkins: Well, as a founder member of Lichens Anonymous I'm delighted for you to join. It would be good to see some of your pictures too, they are rather amazing organisms aren't they?
  • Robs
  • 24 Mar 2007, 06:24
Ellie, I love this! What is the thing in the middle? Is it a leaf? It countinuously get my attention, and it is a nice different colored spot, in that green-like composition. Very very nice!
EJWilkins: Hi Robs, thanks. The thing is a tiny bud scale, I think from a Beech tree. I took this picture and then did the 'gardening' and removed it. Of the two shots this was nicer. I think perhaps because of the contrast.
Well done! I am also a lichen and moss lover. The amazing shapes and colours are endlessly fascinating. Thanks for putting this photo up.
EJWilkins: Thanks Sheila. Lichens and mosses are rather wonderful aren't they? A whole micro world out there that most people dismiss, and those who photograph them tend to hoard their pictures.
We can see well the texture and pattern and I really like the small touch of orange ! Well done Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks Florence. I took another without the little bud scale, it didn't look as nice without it.
This is a lovely photo, no matter what the subject matter! Gorgeous colours and textures.
You have touched on a common thread- how many of us have daft collections of our own "speciality"? Mine seem to be wild weather, water lilies and details of decaying wood and paint!
EJWilkins: Thanks David. You're absolutely right, so do you think everybody will open their secret hoardes and share them?
I like your water lilies too, but I think you already know that .. and your weather pictures, and the flaky paint!
What I also find interesting is that some people seem to almost automatically be able to take pictures of some subjects, while for others the same thing has less visual impact. Odd, don't you think?
Absolutely agree with David! I love the fact that your focusing is so fine, you can just see the spider's strand anchored to the lichen, leading out of the fame.

I think we all have daft collections, it comes with the passion. One of mine is Cappuccino coffees!
EJWilkins: Jose, the difference between lichens and cappuccinos is that you can drink the coffee after you've taken the photograph wink
You know, I hadn't noticed the length of cobweb until you mentioned it. Thanks smile
I also collect lichen pictures (as well as those mushrooms) Funny we're all getting around to mentioning (admitting ) it.
EJWilkins: Shall we found "Lichens Anonymous"? wink

You really don't want me to get started with toadstools, I've got dozens and dozens of pictures and as far as I can make out they're all different!
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 24 Mar 2007, 12:59
This reminds me of something my daughter (now 34) used to say when she was younger, "Mom, you should do this more often!"

So to you, Ms. Ellie, it sounds like you do this often enough--that is, take pics of lichen--but you now need to show them more often! I'm glad to see that's your intent! smile

The colors are so muted and perfect for this, as is the DOF. Very, very nice!
EJWilkins: Errm, Ginnie, you really don't mean that! I've just admitted to Mary that I also have a stash of toadstool pictures, between the two I think I could keep the site going for the next year or so!
As with most of my Z5 pictures, I saw then pointed and clicked, the camera did the rest wink

Out of interest Ginnie, do you have Spanish Moss growing anywhere near you?
  • chris p
  • where the clocks change to summer!
  • 24 Mar 2007, 13:05
I lichen - oops wink
EJWilkins: Glad you lichen it wink
Hmm, lichen? It never occurred to me to take pictures of them, but this is shot is a pretty compelling reason to start taking a closer look. Very interesting, Ellie!
EJWilkins: You know Martin, once you start looking at it you'll find a wide range of colours and shapes. I haven't a clue how to identify any of them, they're incredibly complex and, I think, quite primitive organisms.
'They' always used to say they were a sign of clean air, but I'm sure I read somewhere that lichens are growing where they shouldn't, and 'they' don't know why.
  • iain
  • Toronto, Canada.
  • 24 Mar 2007, 15:06
Wow, i thought this was a small shrub at first and then i realized it was much much smaller when i saw the picture title. It's deceiving since the image is so sharp. Good work with the DOF as well smile
EJWilkins: With the Z5 I tended to let it do its own thing Iain, so I take no real credit for the quality of the picture. This little lichen was, if I remember correctly, about two inches long, and you're right, it did look like a tiny tree in amongst some lower growing ones you can see in the background. Thanks Iain. smile
  • Suby
  • MK
  • 24 Mar 2007, 15:28
To tell the truth, not particularly feeling this shot, maybe it's just me sad
Suby
EJWilkins: I don't mind Suby, we all like different things. Thanks for dropping by smile
  • Steve
  • 24 Mar 2007, 22:27
Nicely composed, focus good and covering the subject, well exposed, background pleasingly soft, nicely coloured leaf for our eyes to rest on on. Great shot!
I like very much the draw of lichen, it's really artistic and drives the mind to prehistoric times smile
Not especially a fan of lichen, but I noticed when I downloaded my husband's last set of photos that he spent a lot of time taking photos of lichen. So what does that make me, a member of Lichen-Anon?
Very nice detail and color!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Mar 2007, 10:12
Hi Ellie. There is one of my published pictures of lichen here [ http://www.all-my-world.com/bkkphotoblog/slides/204treebeard1%2025feb2007.html ] which you might find interesting. I will look for some others, and consider posting them also.

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