Most of the lichens around here are of the gray green variety, but every now and then I spot this bright orange one. Lichens are notoriously difficult to identify, but I find that most places I check online, this would be identified as part of the Xanthoria genus, and probably called a Sunburst Lichen. But if there's one of those rare lichen experts in the crowd, please help! In any case, it's very pretty.
I also noticed yesterday that the first leaves are starting to unfold here - only about half an inch long, but looking vibrant in the morning sun. I look for the reddish leaves of these little trees every year to mark the start of the tree leaves unfolding.
Today was May 1st, or May Day, or to those of Scottish or Irish origin, Beltane (that's the anglicized spelling). It is a festival representing the beginning of summer, and I certainly think of it that way. By May 1st the leaves here are just starting to unfold; by the summer solstice on June 21st they will be at their peak, and by Lammas Day in August, the harvest will be underway, and the first few leaves will be fading. If you mark these 4 mid-points of the seasons (including Samhain, which corresponds with Halloween) as well as the two equinoxes and two solstices, you end up with 8 seasons which is about right to me! I'll have to write something about the 8 seasons someday.