Lichen photograph: Lichens of various types making up a natural patchwork pattern on beech tree bark in early spring (P1000020Blog1)

The patterns of lichens growing on various surfaces, both natural and man-made, remind me of patchworks, mosaics, and abstract paintings. Here are some lichens growing on beech tree bark this February. The range of colours is wide – from white, grey and blue-green to almost lime green. Their texture can be smooth, or flat and leaf-like, or like fine branching bunches of twigs. Some lichens have developed small cup-like fruiting bodies.

I love lichens. I love photographing them. They quietly decorate so many things in  our environment with such an amazing array of colours, textures, and patterns. This year I am really going to learn more about them and how to identify them. I have seen some good books that will help. On the NHBS website there is a wide range of publications for sale on the subject of LICHENS. I think I’ll start by looking at some of The Field Studies Council leaflets such as Guide to Common Urban Lichens 1 (on trees and wood) by F. Dobson  

Common British lichens: Lichens of assorted types making up a colourful and textural natural patchwork pattern on beech tree bark in early spring (P1000023Blog2)

Common British lichens: Bright green lichen with cup-like fruiting bodies on beech tree bark (P1000026Blog3) 


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2 Replies to “Lichen on Beech Bark”

  1. Thank you, Tristan. I love lichens and have taken to photographing them everywhere. I have bought some guides to identification but determining lichen species is still very difficult. I liked the lichen picture on your intriguing blog. You do some fascinating things. Good luck with the sales of your book and courses on natural navigation.


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