...or tries to...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lichens



There is something to be said for having to stop in the middle of a shopping center while your friend takes a phone call, and there are Royal Palms all around, to give the strip mall a bit of that Miami Beach made-up kind of glam, though there's really nothing glam about a strip mall no matter what is done with it - the purpose of this run on sentence is to say, even in strip malls there's always something that amazes. Something that beats out all the things we try to make to entertain ourselves, things that nature takes back and makes over, without caring whether we see it, and does a better job than we ever could. Foliose lichens clinging to the trunk of a Royal Palm, set in an island of concrete, outside a TJ Maxx:








Ernst Haeckel's take, wonderful :




2 comments:

Daydreamer said...

Why do I think of Lichens as a Northern Life Form? (I Love Lichens!)
I remember once being on the shores of a small Island off the Maine Coast and the trees were Thick with lichens... and the rocks too.... so that the forest seemed almost Hairy... and the gray-greens of the Lichens blended with the Fog of the air to make a VERY Spooky Otherworldly Place....
And then there was a sandy-gravelly -rocky spot near my Old House that was always lichen-covered... and at some times of the year they had little hair-like "blossoms" with a red dot at the tip...! I always wanted to shrink down to a tiny size and wander through as if they were trees...

Amy said...

You know what, the only place I've been that compares to Florida for extremes for me is Maine! I spent 9 weeks in Maine at summer art school and saw the most amazing things there-lichens just as you describe, and ant hills that rose up to mid-thigh, everything sort of fairy tale forest like, deep and dark. I would give a whole lot to walk under and among them like you describe-maybe that's the spark of an idea for artwork, hm?