This morning another big wind passed over our island, blowing more branches to the ground, including one from a Madrona tree that had six or more different varieties of lichen growing on it. I picked it up, thinking to throw it off the trail. But on closer inspection realized it was a treasure - inspiration for beading or painting - with supurb colors and form!
Although the weather was drizzling, cold and dismal, I did my best with my camera to record these beauties.
The final image, below, shows that all the different types of lichen can mingle together on the same small twig.
I encourage you to go to this website to see more pictures of lichen and learn a little about it. I had no idea it was such a fascinating organism.