My deep appreciation for lichens began long before I really understood what they were.  I was traveling in Australia, and spent a couple months in eastern Tasmania, where a bright orange lichen lives in a thick band on the rocky coast.  A fellow traveler I met there de...

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

I tend to get defensive of plants that are labeled the dreaded “weed” word. I like to believe that all plants are good when in the right place at the right time. So what does “weed” mean anyway? A weed is simply a plant in the wrong place. That means a rose can be a we...

For the better part of the last decade, the primary focus of my curiosity has been the lives and diversity of North American birds. This fascination has brought me to the corners of the continent and just beyond, but only for summer jobs or brief trips in the winter. E...

Friday, January 29, 2016

On a hike at Hidden Valley a few months ago, we were lucky enough to find a plethora of lichen. And this, naturally, began the conversation of what the heck is lichen anyway?

Oh, dear readers, let me tell you.

Have you ever seen the colorful stuff growing on rocks or tre...

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