Bushy-beard lichen

The diversity of nature is unbelievable!  I was out filling the bird feeders today and I saw this little ball of something fuzzy.  At first, I had no idea what this was.  It reminded me of the Spanish Moss I used to see often when we lived in New Orleans.  Looking closer, I saw all these little pods making me think of Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors.

This small mass (about 3-4 inches across) is a lichen – Usnea Strigosa also known as Bushy-beard lichen.  The pods are actually the reproductive part of the plant and spores are released from these.  Although this odd enough to think it has come from outer space, I don’t think we need to worry about it trying to take over the world.  But then, I’ve been wrong before…

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 3 sec – ISO 400

#macro #closeup #nature #lichen #BushyBeardLichen #UsneaStrigosa #Roswell #Georgia

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Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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