Here’s a departure from writing. While rockhounding for another Rock&Gem article, I came across blue colored lichen. I used to day hike thirty or forty times a year, racking up perhaps hundreds of miles over the decades. But I had never seen blue lichen until this day.
I want to think of it as rare but perhaps its not. I will read up on lichen to tell. This was near a roadside in easternmost Inyo County, California. Click on the photo for a full size image. Pretty stuff.
The California desert is beautiful this time of year. This is the South Nopah Wilderness area. Click on the image.
The Old Spanish Trail. Click on the image.