Here in the upper Blue Mountains we have an amazing variety of lichens. I suppose it’s because we get a lot of mist and rain. Tree trunks, stumps, rocks, fences….they are all magically transformed.
Below is a variety of lichen on an ornamental cherry tree.
The trunk below is a Japanese maple. Its beauty is more noticeable in winter, once the distractingly gorgeous autumn leaves have fallen.
There are certain rocks that I deliberately use as ornaments along the paths in my woodland area to add interest. Of course they are especially lovely after rain, when the colours are intensified.
The rock below is as precious to me as any plant. Much easier to maintain, too.
Reminds me of flaking paint.
Sunlight on an old tree fern, which are native to this area.
There is not much left of the original picket fence around our property , but I’m very fond of the way nature has worked her magic on it.
This old gate leads down to the duck pond.
Ventured just outside my Blackheath garden to take the photo below in Memorial Park.
I adore kookaburras. This one is Toffee, who returns to my garden every year with her mate Taffy.
The final three phots were taken through my kitchen window. The lichen covered branch is a favourite perch.
I’m sure the birds know they look good against the lichens. This butcher bird was happy to show his best side for me.