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.


Lichen on stump.

Like verdigris


Lichen on rotting wood.

Below is a variety of lichen on an ornamental cherry tree.

Lichen on cherry tree.

All the earthy colours.

The trunk below is a Japanese maple.  Its beauty is more noticeable in winter, once the distractingly gorgeous  autumn leaves  have fallen.

Lichen on Japanese maple trunk.


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.

Lichen on rock

Monotone work

Lichen on rock.

A little more adventurous with the palette.










The rock below is as precious to me as any plant. Much easier to maintain, too.

Lichens on rock

A favourite.

Lichen on wood.

Reminds me of flaking paint.

Sunlight on an old tree fern, which are native to  this area.


Sunlight on a tree fern trunk


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.

Lichen on old fence.

What a palette.

This old gate  leads down to the duck pond.


Lichen on old gate..

I can’t possible get rid of this old gate.


Ventured just outside my Blackheath garden to take the photo below in Memorial Park.


Lichen on oak tree trunk

Grey ghost.

I adore kookaburras. This one is Toffee, who returns to my garden every year with her mate Taffy.


Kookaburra on lichen covered braches

A sight to behold.

The final three phots were taken through my kitchen window. The lichen covered branch is a favourite perch.


Wattle Bird

Wattle bird on a lichen covered branch.

I’m sure the birds know they look good against the lichens. This butcher bird was happy to show his best side for me.

Butcher bird on lichen covered branch.

What a poser!



Crimson rosella



  1. Great post. Love the photos. Tell me, does the lichen harm or cause fruit to disease?

    • Pauline

      Thanks, Silvana. I’m not aware of it harming fruit.

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