road trip -Central Oregon Coast ~botanical interlude
At first I thought this hillside had mysteriously been sprinkled with snow. Taking a closer look, it seems there was more to this story than initially met the eye.
I’m guessing that the white stuff might be lichens, though I’m not sure. I’m really just beginning to venture into this world of mosses and lichens. (I was not lucky enough to get a book describing this little noticed, but fascinating world at Christmas.)
A small evergreen tree and dead ferns to add a bit of color.
Looking a bit closer there were these miniscule red button growths that I hadn’t notice at first.
The ferns didn’t seem to mind the company.
Nor did some mushroom like lifeforms.
I can’t be sure, but I suspect the golden colors were provided by a previous crop of the lichens.
Shortly thereafter we passed this bit of growth on another hillside. Sadly, it was raining and it seemed to lack the variety of the previous spot, so I settled for a quick shot.
To him who in the love of Nature holds
Communion with her visible forms, she speaks
A various language; for his gayer hours
She has a voice of gladness, and a smile
And eloquence of beauty, and she glides
Into his darker musings, with a mild
And healing sympathy, that steals away
Their sharpness, ere he is aware.
― William Cullen Bryant,