Lichen on a Wall

Lichen always fascinate me, as they sit between two worlds being part algae working in cahouts with various fungi, existing alongside each other in a special symbiotic relationship. Together these two parts of the partnership act very differently to singly.

This complex relationship results in a huge variety of colours, textures, sizes and forms.

When holidaying on Anglesey, an island off the north-west tip of North Wales and separated from it by the wild Menai Straits, we stayed in a bungalow with the garden boundary formed by a stone wall. One stretch of this wall was favoured by lichen, perhaps due to its aspect, the make up of the stone or some other factor.

Here is the group of photos I took while wandering the wall in a gap between rain showers.

About greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.
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3 Responses to Lichen on a Wall

  1. Mother Nature is a true artist. 🙂

  2. graham mollart says:

    What a wall to spend a holiday with. You experienced a whole world in those few yards. Will the old yoghurt on the flowerpot trick eventually bring lichen into your garden?

  3. We have more and more lichen appearing in our garden especially on our Autumn flowering cherry. They add an extra dimension to the beauty of trees.

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