Lichen it? I’m lovin’ it!!

Here is a special treat; a guest birthday blog from our resident econerd, Clemence..

On both a previous trip to Cape Point and on the recent berg trip we came across some lichen growing on the rocks. Lichens are an indicator species and a sign of good air quality. They are particularly sensitive to sulfur dioxide, a gas emitted from exhaust and industrial fumes, and so are rarely found in large cities and towns. They are often overlooked but are an essential barometer of a healthy ecosystem. It was great to see such healthy examples in different parts of the country, and of course to breathe some fresh air.

Cape Lichen

Cape Lichen

Berg Lichen

Berg Lichen

4 Responses to Lichen it? I’m lovin’ it!!

  1. mol-d July 28, 2009 at 12:12 am #

    the air sure was fresh, it hurt my nose 😉 but i was also ‘lichen’ it.. ps. excellent pun!!

  2. emme July 28, 2009 at 11:39 am #

    what great photo’s; the top one looks like an aerial photograph of some massive continent. i didn’t realise it was your birthday! happy happy clemence. another leo eh?

  3. Smile July 28, 2009 at 1:27 pm #

    or a zany mosaic.

    we actually used to get it in Westville, pre-Westwood. I’ll check to see if it is still there.

  4. mol-d July 29, 2009 at 10:11 pm #

    ps. good first blog – v. interesting…

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