I came across these lichen (if indeed that’s what they are) at a nearby beach. There’s a rack where people put their rowboats, canoes and kayaks when they’re not actually in the water. The first picture was taken on one side of the canoe and the second on the other.

According to the US Dept. of Agriculture:

Lichens are a complex life form that is a symbiotic partnership of two separate organisms, a fungus and an alga. The dominant partner is the fungus, which gives the lichen the majority of its characteristics, from its thallus shape to its fruiting bodies. The alga can be either a green alga or a blue-green alga, otherwise known as cyanobacteria. Many lichens will have both types of algae.

I liked the bright colors and the color contrasts as well as the organic, and often repeating forms.

Taken with a Sony NEX 5N and Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f3.5 T coated Tessar lens.

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