NPhoto - - Contents - Matthew Ci­canese, USA

The latest in­spi­ra­tional im­ages from Nikon pho­tog­ra­phers around the world

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

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