Sunday, June 11, 2017

Lichen our block..

The title is a terrible pun - but nonetheless it's true; I like our block!

I was waiting to be picked up one day, standing at the top of our drive where we have an installation of some timber posts and a tall sandstone pillar and I got distracted by the growth of this fine lichen...

Looking down at the house from the top of the driveway, with one of the posts in the frame.


Lichen detail...




Looking across the driveway...

Most of the lichen is growing on the southern side of the posts; the direction from which we get most weather; and also slightly more shaded from the sunshine.


Some of the designs on the timber posts...


A feather caught amongst the lichen on the sandstone pillar...


I rarely get to stop at the top of the drive - I am either driving or collecting the mail generally, so to be hanging about up there for a wee while gave me change to stop and look and appreciate small beauties.

We are back from Jakarta and racing headlong into a week of much work, but also slowly re-turning our minds to our art.

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  1. Such intriguing lichen. It's quite different from what grows over here...or, at least, in my yard.

    I wonder - is Jakarta as exotic as the name sounds?

    Enjoy!

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    1. Hi J - who knew that even lichen could be different across the world? Jakarta is not really as exotic as it sounds about 20 million people, lots of traffic and pollution is always my first impression...

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  2. Lovely photos of a beautiful block.

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    1. Thanks Penny - we do love the block! Go well.

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  3. Love this view of your home ... and glad life handed you the opportunity to just stop and look. So often the everyday parts of our lives become so familiar we stop "seeing" them.

    And the lichens ... fascinating. I'm off to explore your blog to see what else you have posted about them.

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    1. Thanks Liz - you get a sense of how steep the driveway is don't you looking down on the roof of the house. The lichen has been fun to observe growing over the years; apparently it only grows in really clean air, so feeling good about that! Go well.

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  4. I've stitched pieces of a similar lichen into both cloth and paper, they have held together for a couple of years so far, love how it comes to life whenever it rains!

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    1. Oh my goodness Mo a book alive! These lichen do look a lot like your book - I had forgotten the connection. There is a lovely waif-like feel totem; yet they are tenacious. Go well.

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  5. You can't beat being at home. What you call lichen we would call oak moss here. Its presence on trees and wood is a sign of clean air which I suppose is not a surprise at the top of a mountain!

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    1. Oh my goodness, who knew I could learn so much about lichen by posting photos - oak moss you say! I had heard about the pure clean air thing so was pretty happy to see it growing so well...go well.

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