Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lichens on a Conifer

On Saturday afternoon, after the morning at Scherman Hoffman, I walked through part of Willowwood Arboretum. I followed a trail that led into a field that I had not seen before. As I walked around it I saw lots of birds, mainly Dark-eyed Juncos, but also Black-capped Chickadees and Tufted Titmice. At one end of the field there was a group of conifers, mostly stripped of their leaves. Instead, their branches and cones were covered with lichens. At some places they seemed to be dripping with lichens.

Some of the lichens had black hairs around the edges of their "leaves."