Do you know what I lichen the moss?

Do you get that title or is it too obscure?  Do you know what I like most?  I like being outside.  Well, I like my family and bacon the very most but after those things, I like anything outdoors.

Moss and lichen! Moss and lichen!

Please click on these pics to enlarge…I think the detail is so cool!

We were up at my parents’ house the other weekend and I was struck but how many awesome mossy or lichen bearing trees they had.  I have always been fascinated by lichen.  I remember a great pair of oak trees behind the house that were covered in lichen.  Those trees are gone, but the lichen spread!

Moss and lichen! Lichen!

Lichen! Lichen!

And moss!  Holy cow!  If you look around, it’s not hard to find all sorts of moss variants.  Some look like little ferns and others look like extraterrestrial herpes (just speculating on appearance) or something.  Did you know that moss holds a tremendous amount of water and often times, that water is safe to drink?

Moss! Moss!

As I understand it, moss has an iodine-esque substance in it that makes it somewhat antibiotic.  I have drunk moss water many times and haven’t died though don’t trust me…I can barely run a hammer.

Anyhow, I love to look at these oft-overlooked flora and hope you’ll enjoy the pics too!

4 thoughts on “Do you know what I lichen the moss?

  1. We have all of those different mosses and lichen growing in our woods. I love looking at them. I didn’t know about the water! I learned something new today! 🙂

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

  2. Angela – of course, drink at your own risk, but even if you don’t drink, just pick up a piece sometime and squeeze…you’ll be amazed!

    GW – That’s a great idea!!!

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