Parmelia Lichen

April 2018, local woodland margin, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman

Nature in Minature

Double click on image to enlarge. Trumpet Lichen (Cladonia fimbriata), October 2017, on willow by local river, Staffordshire, England.

Golden Shield Lichen II

Golden Shield Lichen (Xanthoria parietina) is a lichen which is very hard to miss, such is its bright colour. March 2017, local wood, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2017. Camera used Nikon D7200 with Sigma 105mm macro lens.


Back from the weekly shop and there has been a break in the clouds. Barely packed away and I have my camera in hand. I love seeing how the rain enlivens and refreshes everything, it is just my thing 🙂 An odd title for this post I know, but this patch of green just off... Continue Reading →

Once Upon A Fallen Bough

Photograph of Hammered Shield Lichen (Parmelia sulcata) taken December 2016, local field margin, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

Common Goldspeck

Candelariella vitellina A fine powdery mustard yellow lichen. Apothecia yellow. Found in nutrient rich areas such a bird perches, silica-rich rocks and calcareous rock, and brick, even trees. Widespread and very common. Photographs of Common Goldspeck (Candelariella vitellina), taken March 2012 on local canal coping and driveway, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2012. Camera used Panasonic... Continue Reading →

Pertusaria aspergilla

A pale greyish to buffish cructose lichen, which is thin to cracked aerolate. Apothecia absent. Found on silica-rich rock, especially outcrops that get wet and dry out fairly quickly. Locally common and widespread in the north and west. Photographs of Pertusaria aspergilla, taken March 2012 on local Bunter Sandstone outcrop, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2012.... Continue Reading →

Hammered Shield Lichen

Parmelia sulcata A blue-grey  to silvery foliose lichen, becoming bronze-tinged as it ages. The lobes have conspicuous white pseudocyphellae which form a fine network. Thallus 4 to 20cm in diameter. Found on the branches and trunks of trees, only occasionally on rocks. Widespread and common. Photograph of Hammered Shield Lichen (Parmelia sulcata), taken February 2012... Continue Reading →

Tube Lichen

Hypogymnia physodes Branching out, it forms an encrusting, irregular patch, which is smooth and blue-grey or green-grey to yellowish-green on the upper surface. The tips  tend to curl up revealing brown to black undersides. The thallus lobes are tube-like, semi-erect structures which grow from the outer edges and are covered in sordia (reproductive structures). Thallus... Continue Reading →

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