Thursday, January 5, 2012

Name That Plant!

Photo by Ned Harris  1/5/12
Those dark areas in yesterday's photo are alive. Cryptobiotic (aka cryptogamic) soil is composed of life from three kingdoms, in fact. 1) Cyano- and other bacteria; 2) Fungi and Lichens; 3) Mosses and algae. This soil is not only fragile, it also takes a very long time to 'grow'; it's composed of tiny life forms, after all. Bottom line: stay on the trail. 
With the photo above, we'll come back to the first post of 2012. Answer in tomorrow's post. 

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