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Reindeer Moss

Lots of this at Dungeness. Reindeer moss is actually a lichen (in fact it is also known as 'reindeer lichen').

Composed of many light and dainty branches, it grows in cushion-like tufts. When dry it can be quite brittle but once wet it becomes somewhat sponge-like.

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This is a beautiful shot - I love lichen!
John Prior: Thanks a lot Elizabeth
we use that in table pieces these days, as decoration
John Prior: Also used by model makers for scale trees and shrubs. Thanks Chantal.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Dec 2011, 07:21
I've seen this stuff before but never managed to put a name to it: so thank you John
John Prior: Seems to be collected and sold to model makers for scale trees and shrubs, cheers Chris.
You break the harmony of great stones with plant motif. Nice touch. A greeting.
What an interesting find John.
  • Fred Adams
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Dec 2011, 12:53
Nice capture John - I've enjoyed your Dungeness series and very interesting to see a different take on it!
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 15 Dec 2011, 13:38
What a fantastic find John, I had never heard of this stuff.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 15 Dec 2011, 14:42
i've never heard it called that before. very nice.
I think this would look nice in a frame John.
Fantastic! Crisp and interesting.
Lichen are reckoned to be a good indicator of pollution as they don't like it!
Nice I LOVE the texture in this one. I can practically feel the spongy moss and glistening rocks.
Love the contrasts & the tone range. Very interesting shot of the reindeer lichen.

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