Last October I finally stopped and took several photos of things growing on the branches of some of the trees in our yard.
Lichen? Fungi? No idea, I only got as far as the taking the photos.
Actually, I know a bit about some of it, just not all of is. The photo above is Tillandsia recurvata (or small ball moss). It is found a lot in the trees in our area. The other “thing” growing with it is Crustose lichens. These are super thin symbiont, each a collaborative effort before a photosynthetic alge and a fungus. Cool huh!? (I didn’t know all that part, I had to look it up! The most I know was that it was a lichen!)
The photo above has more crustose lichen and the more spiky one might be Pseudevernia furfuracea (lichen) or maybe a Evernia prunastri. I have no idea what the lacy orange-ish one is. Could be in the usnea group, just not sure. Just plain beautiful.
The colors are amazing. Nature is amazing.
Do you ever stop and take time to look at your trees? I mean really LOOK and see what is growing there?