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Father Christmas's beard?

Father Christmas's beard?
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-17
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-24 8:16
Viewed: 3461
Points: 44
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Old Man's Beard - Usnea filipendula

Last summer we drove through an small village up north where we stopped to admire an old church from the 12th century. Nearby there was an old meadow with some old Oak trees. Their thick trunks were really covered by lichens and there were some great specimens like this.

“Usnea is the generic and scientific name for several species of lichen in the family Parmeliaceae, that generally grow hanging from tree branches, resembling grey or greenish hair. It is sometimes referred to commonly as Old Man's Beard, Beard Lichen, or Treemoss. Usnea grows all over the world. Like other lichens it is a symbiosis of a fungus and an alga.

Usnea is very sensitive to air pollution, especially sulfur dioxide. Under bad conditions they may grow no larger than a few millimetres, if they survive at all. Where the air is unpolluted, they can grow to 10-20 cm long.” Extract from Wikipedia

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Haha, I love the headline.
Hi Ulla, your post is beautiful today, the lichen are so pretty having different structure - and I love the frosty colour of it.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Ulla
very beautiful composition of the Lichen
very good sharpness and good light
great shot Ulla
greeting lou

Hi Ulla,
A clear sign of clean air. We don't see them that often in our country but that is not only caused by the polution. You relly captured a huge one and you captured it with great sharpness and a wonderful DOF. I like the tight framing and the green on green composition.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-24 10:02]

Hi Ulla,
I'd never seen such a big lichen before.It's well caught and composed.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.I liked 3D effect a lot.
Thanks for posting..

Thanks Ulla. I never thought of shooting close up of spanish moss before. I will have to pay more attention to it in the future.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-24 11:17]

Hi Ulla. Nature is fantastic to grow something like this. I shoud love to see it. You have taken it with fine detail and natural colours. I like the different shades of green in the picture. well taken TFS.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-11-24 11:51]

Hello Ulla.

That's a great beard for father christmas but it is a very sharp beard.
Well taken and a creative expression of this Usnea.

Gr. Hans

Bonsoir Ulla
Ta photo a restitué la texture de ce lichen de façon admirable.
La profusion est étonnante, Merci, amicalement

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-24 12:07]

Hello Ulla.
Excellent lichen shot.The exposure and details are both very good.Extremely useful note.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-11-24 12:24]

Hello Ulla,
Comic title and great capture of this greenish hair. Great job and nice POV. Thanks.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-24 12:51]

Hello Ulla,
Jag är här igen med nya landskap. Mycket intressant och vacker denna sammansättning som tyder idag. Och titeln ges är utmärkt.
En lugn kväll,

Ciao Ulla, may be my beard too:) beautiful composition with splendid light and wonderful natural colors, superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Ulla
simple and very beautiful composition through your good glance a particularly beautiful photographic result, very good the output in colors, very good presentation!
keep photographing! TFS

Hi Ulla,

An expertly taken close-up capture of this beard-like:) lichen from wonderful POV with great clarity, excellent contrasting OFF green BG, great DOF and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice day!


Hello Ulla.
Wonderful close up shot of this lichen with nice composition and details.
TFS and regards,

Hello Ulla,
a very interesting and beautiful picture of this lichen, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, excellent POV and nice composition with a good TD.
Best regards

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-11-25 3:56]

Hi Ulla,
Unusual composition ...
Photo subtitle, the use of light, color and fine detail.
Best wishes,

Hi Ulla,
With plenty of lichen in the picture. The air must be very clean there. The pov and composition of this picture is excellent. I enjoy the beauty of this picture. TFS,

Splendid macro shot of this lichen colony Ulla.
Nice composition too.
TFS and regards, Bahadır

Hello Ulla! Very interesting topic, interesting note. Good capture and exposure. Nice colours. Very good sharpness. Well done!

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-11-25 23:43]

Hello Ulla, amazing macro capture of a lichen in a fine composition with great details.
TFS and R's,

Hello Ulla,

Now that is a very rare view, personally I have never seen anything like this!
The amazing lichens is captured with pin sharp details and the special colour is well reproduced...
An interesting documentary of a special phenomenon..!

Pablo -

Hi Ulla.
Thanks for information....We enjoy learning and viewing...Specially this one very interesting for me...Details perfect..TFS.
Kind Regards

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