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Lookout for 2007 - deer lichen related images

The picture above is a detail of a photo of a small clump of what locals call deer moss by a Woody Goldenrod seedling. See small or medium versions. I'm adding photos in local deer lichen territory to the end of the list.

seedums Along the path to the deer lichen site 2.2 there is a ground cover. In this picture, the tiny lichens poke up through a dead saw palmetto leaf. See medium, large, or full versions.

Photograph along a nearby bike path, large version.

tiny bluesOn disturbed nearby locations wildflowers spring up. These tiny blue flowers are along the bike path near Deer Lake. See small or medium versions.

water plantWater plants in nearby Eastern Lake. Gray or green-gold versions. From CBA (Choctowhatchee Bay Association), via Florida LAKEWATCH, comes this information: "The plants in the pictures look like Widgeon Grass (Ruppia spp.), the species I am used to is Ruppia maritima, but there is also Ruppia cirrhosa (Spiral ditchgrass). The number of coils in the pictures makes me think these are R. cirrhosa, but usually it is found inland and west of the Mississippi. The spiraling parts of the plants are the peduncle (the stalk that the flower/inflorescence forms on). It’s common for these stalks to be coiled, I think it is an adaptation to aid in the flowers remaining above the water surface despite variations in water depth (works like a bungee cord). Ruppia spp. can be found in brackish, marine or highly alkaline waters worldwide. It is considered a valuable submersed aquatic plant because waterfowl (hence the common name) will feed on them. I would suggest that it is a good plant to have in the lake and haven’t heard of them causing problems from over abundance." Later I learned that ducks called Wigeons were here in 2007.

Here’s a good link:

flyerPoster for local Deer Lichen. PDF or JPEG (web graphic)

red partsLichen, perhaps jester lichen, with red parts. It grows with and near deer lichen.

tunnels Mole cricket tunnels by Campbell Lake in Topsail Preserve State Park where you can see wonderful deer lichen along the access paths. See Back to Nature Festival, 2007.

unknown fungi Earthball fungus holding water in sandy earth. About 5 inches across. By the road near Deer Lake State Park parking lot. See large Zoomify image. Photographed 2009-01-31. Several similar fungi seen locally holding dirt or smashed. See 2009 update.

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