Lichens in the Tropical Rainforest

Lichens in the Tropical Rainforest (1) - Lichens and vines growing on the trunk of a tree in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland, Australia.

The heat, high humidity, and unpolluted air allow lichens to flourish in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland in Australia. Lichens can grow on any number of surfaces, both living and inert, but they are most noticeable on the trunks of trees. The variety of lichen types, their colours, patterns, and textures, are amazing. It can look as if the bark has been decorated by an artist – but these displays of lichen are nature’s own form of abstract art.

Here are a dozen photographs illustrating some of the natural lichen designs that I saw, mostly in the densely vegetated forest – but also, in the final shot, an example in the street.

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Lichens in the Tropical Rainforest (2) - The natural pattern made by lichens of different colours and species on different aspects of a tree trunk in the tropical rainforest of Queensland, Australia.

Lichens in the Tropical Rainforest (3) - The natural pattern made by lichens of different colours and species on a tree trunk in the tropical rainforest of Queensland, Australia.

Lichens in the Tropical Rainforest (4) - The natural pattern made by lichens of different colours and species on a tree trunk in the tropical rainforest of Queensland, Australia.

Lichens in the Tropical Rainforest (5) - The natural pattern made by lichens on a tree trunk with many large spines in the tropical rainforest of Queensland, Australia.

Lichens in the Tropical Rainforest (6) - The natural pattern made by lichens of different colours and species on a tree trunk in the tropical rainforest of Queensland, Australia.

Lichens in the Tropical Rainforest (7) - The natural pattern made by lichens of different colours and species on a tree trunk in the tropical rainforest of Queensland, Australia.

Lichens in the Tropical Rainforest (8) - The natural pattern made by lichens of different colours and species on a tree trunk in the tropical rainforest of Queensland, Australia.

Lichens in the Tropical Rainforest (9) - The natural pattern made by lichens of different colours and species on a tree trunk (bearing a spiral groove where a vine had once been attached) in the tropical rainforest of Queensland, Australia.

Lichens in the Tropical Rainforest (10) - The natural pattern made by lichens of different colours and species on a tree trunk in the tropical rainforest of Queensland, Australia.

Lichens in the Tropical Rainforest (11) - The natural pattern made by lichens of different colours and species on a tree trunk in the tropical rainforest of Queensland, Australia.

Lichens in the Tropical Rainforest (12) - Natural patterns of lichens on the bark of a tree in the street near Trinity Beach, Far North Queensland, Australia - in the wet tropics.

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