Alien Life Forms

Alien Life Forms © Patricia Haugen

Lichens such as, Lipstick Cladonia, are a barometer of the health of an environment.  If the lichens in a forest are lush and healthy then the air quality is also good with very little pollution therefore these lichens are not really “aliens” but environmental indicators.
This particular greyish lichen has bright red fruiting bodies called apothecia. I like to use my photography also as a learning tool capturing the different images which exist in nature if you take the time to look carefully.