Do you remember our hiking trip on Thanksgiving Day? Well, I found the most beautiful piece of lichen growing on a section of branch. This little piece of branch was laying in the middle of the trail.
Ohhhh, ahhhh! I looks like an alien formation! I love it!
I am fascinated with lichen.
What is lichen? What is the difference between lichen and moss?
Let’s learn about lichen:
Here is my sketch. The lichen measured 3.175 cm long on the branch. It was a beautiful green/blue color when moist. The flat vegetative tissue of the lichen is called thallus. The tiny “horn” structures are called apothecia. Apothecia is the spore producing body. This is where the spores are released for reproduction. Fascinating!
Oh there is nothing better in the whole world than to go hiking, discover something amazing, sketch it out, and learn! If every class was hands-on like this I would never leave school.
By the way, try to paint your subject immediately. My lichen is now dried out and is a light gray color, not green at all anymore.