Day 139~366

An interesting time at the tree today. Whilst I was there a fracas was going on between 2 yoofs, yelling and swearing and shouting fit to bust.  I just kept my back to it all and carried on shooting. I had spotted some tiny ants running down the trunk of the tree so thought I’d macro one, urk, them blighters run fast, I’d see one on the tree then when I looked through the view finder couldn’t see it, they’re well camouflaged for tree bark.  In the end I saw one heading to a yellow patch of lichen, focused it…

Day 126~366

There are a lot of patches of lichen on my tree bark, and on googling I find Xanthoria parietina is a foliose, or leafy, lichen. It has wide distribution, and many common names such as common orange lichen, yellow scale, maritime sunburst lichen and shore lichen. It can be found near the shore on rocks or walls (hence the epithet parietina meaning “on walls”), and also on inland rocks, walls, or tree bark. It was chosen as a Model organism for genomic sequencing (planned in 2006) by the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute(JGI). In the past it was used as a remedy for jaundice because of its yellow color. You learn something new every day..as they…