Oran’ga Likin’ Orange Lichen
These splotches, formally known as lichens, grow on rocks. They can be any number of colors – yellow, orange, gray, green, blue, black. And they can grow in the most inhospitable places in the world. This colony of orange lichen is from Walnut Canyon National Park in northern Arizona.
Lichens are actually colonies of two different organisms co-existing and working together: algae which lives in filaments built by fungi. They use photosynthesis for nourishment.
Some lichen grow only a few millimeters in a century, so these lichens may be thousands and thousands of years old.
For me, lichens are the kind of thing that brings out experimentation when I’m photographing. Do I capture the texture, the design, the mix of colors? Well, having fun is a big part of taking photos for me. And this stuff was amazingly fun to shoot. I like lichen.