EphrataLichens

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EphrataLichens

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I had gotten interested in photographing lichens when on a trip in 2002, during a hike with Dia and family in New Mexico. Below is a stereo pair, arranged for stereo viewing (focus eyes on a point in the air about halfway between your eyes and the screen, then focus a bit on the resultant center picture until looks like good stereo view, tilt head slightly if needed to have best alignment):


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A bicycle trip to photograph the lichens on the desert rocks near my house,

tumbled here some 10,000 years ago by the Missoula floods, growing ever since


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The above three photos were taken out in what appears to be the edge of pristine local ice age flood plain desert terrain, before developers build there.


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This, and the following six photos, are of lichens on desert rocks gotten me by my new friend landscape helper JJ, from a local ranch. Such rocks are normally considered mere nuisance to farmers and home builders, so I feel fortunate to have gotten some to save them ... I hope I can provide a sustainable environment for them somehow.


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Again, the above six photos, are of lichens on desert rocks gotten me by my new friend landscape helper JJ, from a local ranch. Such rocks are normally considered mere nuisance to farmers and home builders, so I feel fortunate to have gotten some to save them ... I hope I can provide a sustainable environment for them somehow. Are these colonies of lichens what has grown in the harsh conditions here over the past 10,000 years and more? These are the starting points for life and the food chain upon land, living on mere rock, wind, scarce rain, and sunshine, providing life stuff on which all other life is built. This is indeed the rock-bottom of the food chain, for which we could be grateful.


And I wonder, would any of them be able to bring life to the Martian environment, once it is proven no life exists there now? The little critters in the above photo really know of life struggle at some of its harshest ... and surly they love it. Now, that's The Right Stuff! I consider it mankind's duty to bring life to where no life was before, and nurture it along until it thrives on its own.



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