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The Lichenologist


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I was on a nature walk at a local school board maintained nature site, when I met a Lichenologist. As we walked and talked my first and only hurdle was my mispronunciation of lichen. Clearly not a good start especially as I kept making the same mistake.

We did discuss more interesting subjects, the what, why and where of lichens and more specifically the photography thereof. I had seen some incredible microscopic pictures of lichen at a local museum that looked like modern art, it turned out that these were photographed for a book he authored.

The Lichenologist, had a little jewelry magnifier with a battery-powered light. At 10x magnification he showed me how the most common of lichen were extremely beautiful (texture, form, color, shadow and an infinite variety of shapes). It makes you think what else we miss when we walk around.

A few months later he held a seminar on lichen where the participants used microscopes and books of “keys” to identify types of local lichen. This was fun and very interesting and shortly afterwards I went to have a look at what microphotography might involve.

I doubt that I will be doing much microphotography, the complications and costs of getting down to magnifications below 5X, at the moment defeat me. But here’s the key point. I met an interesting man, who taught me something, and I now have another photographic challenge on my shelf that I know is doable just not quite yet.

P.S. Based on one of the comments I received the photograph above is apparently of moss, which hows you how much I have to learn!