gary fast

gary fast

I am a retired dentist who is lucky enough to combine my interests in both photography and the natural world around me.
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    1. Comment on Frosty Pixiecups! 3 days ago
      Thanks, Christine. It was a treat to see.
    2. Comment on Frosty Pixiecups! 3 days ago
      Sorry, no reindeer around here. Just wish the local deer population would feast on the lichens rather than the plants in our gardens! LOL!
    3. Comment on Cup lichen 3 days ago
      That is interesting! I have been informed, both our daughter and son-in-law are molecular geneticists at UBC, that lichens have been studied a lot in the last couple of years. That may be just one of the factors making more info available now. “It’s a good thing”... for us.
    4. Comment on Cup lichen 3 days ago
      Hello again, we have lots of it around here,
      Frosty Pixiecups! Cladonia chlorophaea, Mealy or Granulating Pixiecup, is a Cladonia lichen that have goblet shaped cups with granular or powdery soredia on the outside of the cups and podetia, a distinguishing feature of this Cladonia. It is found on many different substrates but near my home likes moss covered rocks. 15 minutes after taking this photo the frost was gone.<br />
http://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/ShowDBImage/Gallery.aspx?specrep=0&latinName=Cladonia chlorophaea&nosyn=1<br />
 Canada,Cladonia chlorophaea,Geotagged,Mealy Pixie Cup,Winter

    5. Comment on Cup lichen 3 days ago
      Hello Ernst, I happen to concur with your initial ID of Cladonia chlorophaea. This web page shows that it has been found in Australia, https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/49488-Cladonia-chlorophaea . It is common in my neighbourhood and your photo is too similar to other photos of the species to be some other Cladonia.
    6. Always a treat to see... without getting into a boat!
    7. Comment on Long-Eared Owls 25 days ago
      That would be a sight! I wonder if they do “cooperative hunting” of if it is a solitary function?
    8. Comment on Long-Eared Owls 25 days ago
      Very interesting. Was wondering if they are noisy? Our common owls, Barred and Great Horned, can make a lot of noise. All of those owls must make quite the sight to see.
    9. Comment on A Cladonia Lichen 25 days ago
      Yes, after looking at all the photos on any site I could go to the evidence seemed to be pointing in that direction. It seems when I read the intro to “Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest” it concentrates on Washington and Oregon and into southern B.C. we are north of that so fit into their description. Also, there are many confirmed sightings in our area and south of us.
    10. Comment on Habitat Photos 25 days ago
      You bet!