January 20, 2020


Macro and Micro Picture of the Day 2020-01-20

Here is lichen that grows in Moraine Park of Rocky Mountain National Park. Wikipedia says that lichen is not a plant, but a composite organism consisting of algae or cyanobacteria living with a mutualistic relationship with fungi. The cup-like structures are called apothecia and is where spores are produced. About 6% of the Earth's surface is covered by lichen, and there are about 20,000 known species.

Equipment used: Canon EOS Rebel T5i with 49 mm long extension tube.

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