Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Lichen on Boulder

Lichen on Boulder at Craters of the Moon National Monument.

Image: James Neeley.

As long as you send images to me (and I hope it will be for forever), I shall continue to share them with my readership. My purpose for posting these images is to remind all of us of the grandeur of the natural world and that there is a world out there that is populated by millions of unique species. We are a part of this world whether we like it or not: we have a choice to either preserve these species or to destroy them in search of short-term monetary gains. But if we decide to destroy these other life forms, the least we can do is to know what we are destroying by learning that they exist. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image (I prefer JPG format) that you’d like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you’d like it to be credited.


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  1. #1 biosparite
    February 28, 2007

    Beautiful image of these tough organisms. I saw an article in SCIENCE some time ago concluding that being a lichen is a lifestyle choice of fungi. Research had focused on live and dead trees in Scandanavia. An alga inhabited the bark of live branches of the tree species studied, and when the spores of a particular species of fungus lit there, a lichen resulted. There were no algae on dead branches, and there the fungus established fungus colonies. Keep up the spectacular photos, GRRL SCIENTIST.

  2. #2 Diane in Ohio
    February 28, 2007

    Very nice eye-candy! I luv his panoramic webcam on his site. Your choice of pictures soothes the soul…leaves me anquish for the next one. Thanks!

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