Monday, August 1, 2011

Lichens on a Volleyball Net

My family and I took a trip up north this weekend.  We went to Jay Cooke State Park and Gooseberry Falls State Park.  At Jay Cooke, we had a picnic lunch at Oldenburg Point.  After lunch, we walked down the steep trail to the St Louis River below.  It was a great walk, and we were amazed at how enthusiastically Naomi (age 5 1/2) and Adele (age 3 1/2) went up and down the strenuous trail to the river.  On the way back to the car, up on the picnic grounds, we walked by an old volleyball net.  I wondered how many people made the effort to organize a volleyball game at Oldenburg Point.  My question was initially answered when Adele noticed that the net was torn.  When I looked closer, I saw that the net was covered in lichens, evidence that the net is rarely used.  It's definitely the most unusual place I've found lichens.  It was odd (at least in my limited lichen experience), and made me wonder how much of the world would be lichenized if left alone for awhile.