Lichen is a thing of total, wonder-inducing beauty if you look at it closely. It appears on older trees and lots of people think it’s doing damage – in fact it’s just a sign that conditions are perfect, which means damp and a little shady with a nice bit of roughened wood to cling on to. Those little tufts of hairy grey moss just add to the general sense of other-worldliness, don’t you think? It could be a scene from the surface of the moon.
This was the scene a few weeks ago at a road junction where I live. It’s the most unpromising place – a corner between one main road and another pretty busy minor road – and it had roadworks opposite and traffic to right and left. But in the middle was this stunning display of spring sunshine. I wasn’t the only one taking photos – it would put a smile on your face in the worst traffic jam ever!