I’ve been tramping through North American forests for 60 years and I haven’t seen these before. Referring to the little green antlers sticking up in the air. A bit of literature searching reveals these are quite common. Called Cladonia Ochrochlora , a common fruticose lichen. Cladonia, pronounced Clad-own-ee-ah, is a cool enough word in its […]
Today’s lesson in natural philosophy: Form Follows Function.
The natural world is still teaming with amazing life forms, though somewhat less so than it was, say, forty years ago. I’m thinking of such amazing adaptations as a simple leaf at the end of a tree branch splayed out in the sunlight, capturing the tiny blazingly fast photons hurled earthward from the violent sun, […]