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.
Love the orange lichen. It seems out of season for his time of year.ReplyDelete
Bit more growth down this way...
I actually cut a dozen Daffodils to bring inside!
Have a great week...
Beautiful buds, nature does know how to show us the promise of spring.ReplyDelete
There are so many different kinds of mosses and lichens. I need a good identification book to use since we don't have online resources at the cabin. - MargyReplyDelete
Lichens - endlessly fascinating when you look closely.ReplyDelete
Leaves and Lilacs - worth waiting for.
Amazing macros. I especially love the detail of the orange lichen. I have never seen this before.ReplyDelete
Well! It's about time to see your budding lilacs, and I look forward to watching them increase in size and beauty. You captured the beginning very well, I must say. :-)ReplyDelete
Hello, I just love the color and images of the lichen! Beautiful! My lilacs are not blooming yet either, it is a slow spring here. Lovely post. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!ReplyDelete
Fascinating colour. Here we're just seeing buds, but leaves aren't yet showing themselves.ReplyDelete
Nice close ups of the lichen. The starting of the red leaves look so pretty with the sun shining on them.ReplyDelete
Great close up shots of the blooms about to emerge. Looking forward to your lilac tree pictures.ReplyDelete
I love seeing pics of brightly colored lichen. We get some bright green lichens around our waterfalls in the Gorge.ReplyDelete
That lichen is absolutely beautiful -- I don't recall ever seeing it down here.ReplyDelete
The lichen is amazing - like the surface of another planet.ReplyDelete
Nice close ups of emergent lilacs!
Your lichen have such great colors. The textures really stand out with the bright colors.ReplyDelete
It is lilac season here, they will be gone in a flash! Be sure and show us yours, I love them!!ReplyDelete