I’m a big fan of early lifeforms such as mosses and lichens (pronounced liken.)
Let’s take a closer look. Mosses, much like plankton (the earliest form of plant life) are highly dependent on an immediate supply of water.
Here we have some pretty pink buds alongside another, hardier moss.
Next we have lichens which are a beautiful example of symbiosis between algae (or cyanobacteria) living among filaments of multiple fungi species. Lichens have properties different from those of their component organisms. Wikipedia
At ground level, they’re quite hideous, but when they take flight, they are simply majestic. I speak of the buzzard. More than once, I’ve spoken of my admiration for the lowly buzzards, also known as a vulture. Yes, I am from the school that considers the terms synonymous. This is my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan of… challenge #55.
It’s no secret that I’m crazy for butterflies. Here are a couple of shots that I took on August 31 and September 27 of this year. I’m submitting these to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan of… challenge number 44. Thanks, Jez!