Thursday, August 6, 2009

After the Rain . . .


This afternoon we had a torrential downpour. Once the heavy clouds released their weight of water and moved away, the sun came out beckoning me to come out as well, and take some photographs.


From a distance, I had been calling the green I saw on this tree trunk, fungus. However, when viewed through a zoom lens it looks like lichen. Perhaps someone can tell me, are they one and the same? Is lichen a fungus? Whatever it is I love the shade of green clinging to the rugged bark.


With the sun shining on it this wet tree trunk takes on a hue it does not have otherwise. And the green fungus (or lichen?) is a shade of Granny Smith apple green. These photos have not been touched and you can see a bit of the shadow of my hands or the camera at the bottom left.



This is a macro shot of the delicate petals that compose a head of white phlox. They are so pure white - and from a distance one is unaware of the little pink and yellow centers. Enlarged, this photograph goes slightly blurry, but I like it.



22 comments:

  1. hi bonnie, beautiful photographs. the detail inside the phlox is pure magic!!!! but i love lichens and mosses above all plants. have a lovely evening. steven

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow, I love the phlox photo, it's so....intimate.
    S

    ReplyDelete
  3. Everything looks and smells so wonderful after a rain like that!

    I'm loving the shot of the phlox...one of the beautiful aspects of being able to zoom in like that -- is seeing the other colours that are sometimes not noticeable to the naked eye!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wikipedia has a page on Lichen (of course!) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichen

    We have both the green and yellow here. When I first saw it I wondered if it would kill the trees but, 10 years later, they're still alive and lovely.

    My hubby gave me a tip on using the macro; when you set it, you have to be so steady and still and the end result won't be blurred. Some blurred shots are amazing, as your phlox pic.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Steven - well then, they were posted just for you!

    ReplyDelete
  6. An Open Heart: What a lovely way to describe it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Sherry Lee: Yes! Wouldn't it be neat if the camera could capture the fragrance - the phlox smell beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Alaine: Thank you. Went to link and found that lichen and fungus are of the same family.
    Yes - that being perfectly still is something I find hard - and I resist pulling out a tripod for one shot or two. So, like you, I prefer to see the beauty in blurry. Fortunately not all of my macro shots blur.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love photos like this. I have lichen growing on fence boards, so I recognized it immediately.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Bonnie, I had a look at photos I took on my walk around the garden yesterday - my macro shots are atrocious! But still, I'll post them soon. My problem is that I'm too impatient and just go click, click, click, with a poor result.

    It's reducing the shots down to post them that takes so much time!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Bonnie,

    First, thank you so much for the visit/comment, and follow. I very much appreciate your insights, and am honored that you find reading/sights of interest on my blog. :) And you are most right in your words.

    Now, to answer your question-- lichen are a fungus, yes, but actually also algae... sort of a hybrid if you will.

    And, ahhhh... how your post makes me long for rain and all the green beauty it brings! It hardly rains (if at all) here for the entire summer, and all the poor plants on the hills just go dormant to avoid dying completely. Ahhh... summer rain... thank you for sharing. :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hi Bonnie

    that camera passes the test- you are giving it a good work out with splendid results...
    I love the lichen..

    Happy days

    ReplyDelete
  13. What stunning photographs! I can almost smell that lovely ozone aroma which permeates the air after the rain. The macro shots really give one a bee or a bug's eyeview!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hi, I had to come over to meet you as all my regular blog reads have comments from a lady with a blog id picture of a little girl in the most adorable hat.

    I like the first picture in this series as rain isn't something we get very much of where I'm from. I would need to set this photo up and spray water on a leaf. Which is totally wasteful of a precious recourse, I would need to use recycled water to do so.

    It's a pleasure to finally meet you.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Alaine: I'm impatient as well - when taking the pictures and when making the settings on the camera. Impatience does not a good photographer make . . .

    ReplyDelete
  16. Kenna: Thank you for information. Too bad the atmosphere could not distribute all its glories (sun/rain) a little more equitably. Thanks for dropping by and following.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Delwyn: Thank you. Camera will work even better when I truly integrate how to use its many functions and settings.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Tessa:

    Thank you for visiting my blog - come back again soon.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Yes, thats it, impatience to stand long enough and get the exact setting on the camera, that is what I suffer from. However, it also means I have a penchant for slightly blurry images as I am quite capable of acquiring so many of them myself! Love the phlox shot and I am not accustomed to phlox at all.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Hi Bonnie!! Wonderful shots - look at those water droplets on the Phlox - wonderful!!
    You already got the lichen answers..lol. As for the macro shots..which you know I loooooove doing. Yes a steady hand is helpful. I purchased a camera with built in "shake control"..really helps with the marcos or in the dark. Sarah

    ReplyDelete

Comments are always read and appreciated.

(I am grateful for all awards received. However, I ask that this be an "award-free zone" and meme-free zone. Thanks for understanding!)