Hidden World

Macro photo of lichen along the Miners Ridge Trail, Black Mountain Open Space Park, San Diego, California. February 2016.
Macro photo of lichen along the Miners Ridge Trail, Black Mountain Open Space Park, San Diego, California. February 2016. Prints available.

My photo of the month for February 2016 is from a recent morning walk at Black Mountain Open Space Park – one of my favorite spots around here. It has a wonderful array of chaparral, including all the iconic chaparral plants like Manzanita, Ceanothus and Chamise, but also more elusive ones, like the Southern Mountain Misery.

On this particular morning I was focusing on the details of these plants with my macro lens, and once I had everything that I actually came for (close-ups of the flowers of Spiny Redberry, Mountain Mahogany and Lemonade Berry) my mind was sort of “freed” to also notice other tiny details along the trail – like this wonderful little patch of lichen.

It was pretty difficult to get the tripod into a useful position to make this photo (it is a focus stack in order to get the desired depth of field), but once it was set up, the amount of detail simply blew me away. I did not expect this “Hidden World” in a tiny patch of lichen. Isn’t nature amazing?

And lichen itself pretty amazing too: it is a composite organism! Simply put, it’s algae and fungi combined in a symbiotic relationship – “Alice Algae and Freddy Fungus took a Lichen too each other.” :-) There’s more accurate information about lichen on Wikipedia for those who are interested.

PRINTS: open edition fine art prints of Hidden World are available directly in my print-on-demand store (together with canvas prints, metal prints, acrylic prints, and greeting cards).

LICENSING: please contact me referencing photo ID "Lichen-Stacked-20643" to discuss your intended usage. More information is on my photo licensing information page.

Prints and licensed images are not watermarked.

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