Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lichen Logs

I not only collect bird nests (shhh - don't tell - did you know you actually need a permit to do that?), but I collect bird houses as well.

This is one of my favorites. It's wedged into the main fork of a very old red bud tree and I walk past it on my way to the barn. No one has ever used it (many of my houses are used, surprisingly) and I noticed the cobwebs on it this morning and felt right at home. In a comfortable sort of way and not in any way implying that our house is full of dust and cobwebs - no, not at all ;-).

If you click to biggify, you'll see that not only is it dusty and cobwebby, but the lichens are moving in as well. I think that's neat. And pretty. And at very least I can say, "Well, I don't have lichens in my house."

Here is another yard shot this morning. The bird house in the background is full of chirpy babies.

And what is up with weeds? It's like they just keep coming back or something. St. Francis is just to the right.


Anonymous said...

You have a beautiful yard. I have a couple bluebird houses that are occupied with babies right now. :)

Alice said...

I'm likin' the lichen bird house. Would some of your wool entice the birdies to move in? The pink Tiger Lilies are so sharp and crisp....Wow!! Crayola should copy this color!

DayPhoto said...

Your yard is beautiful! Where oh where do you find the time?

Anyway, WOW!


Carolina Trekker said...

Beautiful Wall Garden. This little bird cottage reminds me of a Hobbit House from Lord of The Rings. Hummingbirds collect and cover their nests with Lichens...maybe one will visit your Hobbit House?

flowerweaver said...

Love how it's blending in, very beautiful.

Hummingbirds also use cobwebs to weave the lichen into their nests. I love to watch them come each spring to my office window to pull them off. That's why I leave them there...yeah.

The tiger lilies are gorgeous!

tonya fedders said...

Love your yard! Beautiful!

Carolina Trekker said...

The nature program on our educational TV shared that Lichens will only grow on trees (like in your photos) where the air quality is clean. It won't grow on trees where there's air pollution. It's a good indicator of how clean the air is you are breathing.

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Ed said...

Very nice, maybe the house is haunted..:-)

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

A friend of mine makes/creates the most darling birdhouses, everything used has been recycled. Beautiful works of art.


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