I’m not exactly sure of the correct names for all of these lichens but I have dubbed them collectively Cladonia Seussimilis, for to my eye they appear rather Seussian in form. And I like the way it sounds.
I believe the beautifully tiered fountain-like ones, are actually called Ladder Lichen, Cladonia cervicornis.
I’m a bit smitten with them…
Above: Possibly split-peg lichen, Cladonia cariosa
All images © Karen McRae, 2012
65 thoughts on “Cladonia Seussimilis”
“Lovely” is such an understatement. Wow. 😉
Thank you, Cynthia.
Oh, and I am smitten with your gorgeous photos of them. All unique and exceptional, Karen.
they are pretty unique little natural sculptures! thank you.
They ARE rather Seuss-like – I think you named them appropriately!
Thanks, Melinda! They are a bit whimsical aren’t they?
Such dreamlike dancing beauty.
They are a minute dreamlike world, aren’t they?
Stunning, Karen. And the best neologism I’ve seen in a long while. 🙂
Thank you, Christine!
incredible as always – thank you
Thank you. 🙂
Little wonders. I simply love these pictures, Karen!
They are little wonders! Thanks.
Very dreamy and a little unearthly.
Yes, they are their own strange landscape. Thank you.
Beauty on the edge of disappearance.
A great comment, Richard. It is a delicate tiny landscape.
Extraordinary,but quite beautiful. I particularly like the transient nature of the images – almost as if appearing through a mist before being lost once more..
Thank you, Louis.
Nature is astounding sometimes!
Cool name and nice photos too 🙂
Thanks, Trish! 🙂
These are quite magical!
I thought that when I found them, too. Thank you, Mimo.
Love Seussical things! These show such imagination and vision in the way you photographed them.
Thank you! 🙂
Utterly alien and captivating landscapes right beneath our noses. Thanks for sharing these.
Thanks for commenting, Isaac.
They are fascinating for sure.
I think the good doctor would be honored…. Very nice, Karen.
Thank you, Scott.
But, of course. 🙂
Looks more like a bronze casted sculpture or archtecture — still,
they are kind of botanical form = life form. Amazing photos.
You must have worked pretty hard to have this low angle shot
to show them like a towering architectural structure.
Well done Karen.
they are a bit like whimsical architecture, aren’t they?
I was practically standing on my head to take some of these! 🙂
Yes indeed —– as they are so small and light = no effect of gravity, they don’t need to consider structural strength = just make another extension 🙂
I’ll show you ultra-low angle adapter, which I made when
I needed to take photos of very small plant.
¡Una gran serie!, besos
Such difficult things to photograph. You have done an excellent job!
Thank you, Madoqua.
Gorgeous & mysterious!
Those lichens really are! Thank you, Christian.
Same! Smitten! And with your names! These are gorgeous 🙂 I just LoVe lichen! 🙂
Me too, Gigi! Thanks very much.
You had fun with the focus decision 🙂
Yes, they were fun to work with!
Stunning and magical!
this world is realistic and unrealistic, calm and lively…awesome work!!
Thank you, akanedou.
I find them very intriguing.
Wow! You are very good.
Thank you very much, that’s kind of you!
prettiness abounds – a small forest 🙂
Yes, a tiny whimsical forest! 🙂
Why o why are we so obsessed with looking for life elsewhere in space when we have not nearly begun to observe or understand the gift of life we have here on Earth? I can’t help thinking that you are the one roving in the right direction, Karen.
Alessandro, thank you.
I personally enjoyed your trip to Mars! 🙂
some of them look otherworldly, strange and beautiful.
They are fascinating, aren’t they?
I haven’t visited your blog in a long time. I should visit more often, your photos are superb !
Well thank you very much! I appreciate your comment.
Wonderful..ancient and real..
Much thanks, Cath.
I’m playing catch-up now I’m back Karen and have missed your gentle loveliness.
Thank you, Helen. Welcome back!