The other day I decided to walk in the common land at the end of the road. It’s woods and has a couple of old roads running through it and it was logged sometime in the past. There are some trails, one in particular runs to the back of a nearby horse stable and gets a lot of use by horse owners. There’s a small brook and not much else. Eventually the woods runs out and a huge cleared area zoned industrial takes over. I don’t hold out much hope of industry moving in, but recently the airport got a big new entrance directly off the highway and so a lot of this land could open up to convenient development. I hope not though because in the woods between my street and the vacant lots is a fantastic crop of my two favorite kinds of lichen – Pyxie cup and British soldier. I’ve seen both in other forests before, but never in such profusion and the British soldiers are especially colorful. I feel like Horton hearing his Who whenever I explore these miniature vistas. I especially love how sunlight changes the color of the lichen. In the shade it looks so much more blue than in sun.
I haven’t gotten a good tight shot of the British Soldiers, but I’m working on it. The light isn’t right today so maybe in the next few days.