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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-22
Categories: Lichens
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Rangitoto, NZ's newest volcano
Date Submitted: 2005-03-15 4:28
Viewed: 6362
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

This is the 18th photo in the series on Rangitoto Island. Last one tomorrow…hurrah!!!

I found this lichen growing at sea level on the lava at Rangitoto Island. And I have to thank Clive / Fungiman for finding out the name of the lichen. Thanks Clive. He was a great help, and I can thoroughly recommend you visit his website: The Hidden Forest http://hiddenforest.co.nz

Very common on disturbed ground under Leptospermum – NZ’s Tea Tree. This appears in some older books as Cladina leptoclada and is known as a "reindeer moss".

Lichens are regarded as organisms in their own right and are given generic and species names. However, for taxonomic purposes the names are actually fungal names: lichens are regarded as a special group of fungi - the lichenised fungi.

There are an estimated 13,500 to 17,000 species of lichens, extending from the tropics to the polar regions. Some of them grow on the bark of temperate trees or as epiphytes on the leaves of trees in tropical rain forests. Others occupy some of the most inhospitable environments on earth, growing on cooled lava flows and bare rock surfaces, where they help in the process of soil formation, and on desert sands where they help to stabilise the surface and enrich it with nutrients.

Some other types of lichen grow abundantly on tundra soils, providing a vital winter food source for animals (including reindeer and caribou) in arctic and sub-arctic regions. Yet other lichens grow on or in the perennial leaves of some economically important tropical crop plants such as coffee, cacao and rubber, where they are regarded as parasites.

More notes from: http://helios.bto.ed.ca.uk
The Hidden Forest http://hiddenforest.co.nz

red45, dew77, sAner, Comandante, fungiman, magiqa has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To LCannon: RangiJanice 2 04-07 00:21
To fungiman: Many thanks.Janice 1 03-16 03:25
To cafecrem: Halo JoannaJanice 3 03-15 14:34
To red45: Hot day today in AotearoaJanice 1 03-15 05:41
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-15 4:45]
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Superb Janice! Little too tighta at bottom but overall very good. I like contrast between black volcanic rock and fragile lichen. It is very similiar to lichens which grow up near Joanna's father house in the forest. And I've noticed that you made very good frame for it :-)

Halo Janice!
Wondeful picture and very original. You did it great.

Yesterday I posted for you some fluffy snow wich you liked on the phots in e-mail :-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-15 5:35]

Very interresting macro.Details,sharpness,DOF and note
are superb.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-15 6:19]

Good note and nice picture. Sharp details and nice composition. TFS!

Great lichen pic Janice...and really good notes too.
I must go to sleep...goodnight.

Superb image.Sharpness,details and your informative note are

Hi Janice, after promoting my site like that I will have to say something besides thanks. Having seen the image befor post processing I thought it might have been sharpend a little to much. Never the less good POV and DOF

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-29 10:21]

Janice, another artistic shot. Very nice colors and composition. The contrast works well.

All the textures of this are nice, the contrasts between the soft puffy looking fungi, and the black rock are great. Nice frame too, very interesting series of Rangitoto Island, thank you for sharing this lovely place.

We have lichen in Sweden, too! I use to pick it for christmas decoration. Your picture really shows what a marvellous work of art such a little common plant is!!

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