There is a “social” path that leads off of the Quarry Trail in Acadia. I noticed it a few weeks ago but never ventured down that elusive trail. I suspect it has its origin in the village of Otter Creek, intersects the Quarry Trail and leads down to the Park Loop Road near where there is access to an old fishing shack on Otter Cove. This morning I decided to walk down this path to explore – figuring that I would be alone since it is not a marked trail. I was right. My goal this morning was to find an interesting shot of the incredible diversity of moss and lichen in the forest. I do not have a clue as to what species of moss and/or lichen are attached to this tree trunk but if you look closely there are several different plants/fungi growing here. I understand that mosses are indeed considered plants but lichen is a type of fungus. I just love the textures and colors. I need to look for a guide that will help me identify the species in the photo. For now, though – just enjoy!
One thing I will note. When I got my tripod out to set it up for this shot, I realized two things. One – I had forgotten my reading glasses! That meant I was limited to using the autofocus and viewfinder. Good Grief! Two – I had never used my tripod to take a shot with the camera turned vertical. It took me awhile to figure out how to manipulate my tripod to angle it appropriately! Good learning experience!
Hi Lynn – it’s a lungwort lichen, Lobaria pulmonaria. This lichen is an indicator of clean air and old growth forest, likes a lot moisture, seems to fir for Acadia. I find it occasionally in Vt and can show you some here in Chelsea sometime. Hope you are enjoying your summer, it’s fun seeing your photos. You are quite disciplined about sticking to your plan!
Kate – thanks for the info! I actually thought of you as I was taking this photo as I suspected you would know what type of lichen it is!