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I’ve always been fascinated with lifeforms that you have to really look hard for to observe – insects, mosses, invertebrates and other small organisms. Cladonia lichens are sensitive to pollutants, so seeing them is a sign of good ecosystem health and air quality. What strikes me the most about lichens is their sheer biodiversity, and the fact they are worldwide inhabitants. For me, exploring the trunk of a tree covered in lichens or a rotting log teeming with microorganisms yields the same thrill as a diver exploring a reef.
Nikon D800, Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro, 1/160 sec, f/20, ISO400