Tuesday, February 6, 2007

You Can Find Lipstick in the Woods

Found this Lipstick Cladonia (Cladonia"club-like" macilenta"thin") on a dead oak log. Just under an inch tall, the little clubs have bright carmine red little hats, or more scientifically, apothecia(fruiting bodies). The same red on the scalp of male Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, who are sifting the fir tops far above for bugs. A very small speck of red, but such a surprising color to find in the middle of winter.

(click on the photo for the full effect of red)

5 comments:

cyndy said...

beautiful, sigh, I have no hopes of seeing either the red soldiers, or the kinglets, for a few more months...

matt_stansberry said...

That's an amazing photo. I like up close macro shots more than almost anything else.

wyldthang said...

I'm glad y'all liked these little guys. It's fun finding out local names for lichens, it seems people have fun looking at the lichen and really thinking about what it looks like. Like this Lipstick lichen, in the PNW guide it's lipstick and for cyndy or another place it's "red soldiers" or "british soldiers".

cyndy said...

Local names are great (funny how people have local names for flowers too).

I've also heard "red coats"...another "local" rendition!

Barry Stewart said...

Here they're known as 'Bengal Matches'